Coincidence has seen the last three winners at the abandoned Newbury card carry Hamdan Al Maktoum's colours to victory for three different trainers. One of those trainers was John Gosden and he runs TAQDEER, a runner-up at Wolverhampton in December and Paul Hanagan's choice ahead of Kempton fourth Mustashry. Dante entry Victory Bond made a promising start at Newbury last term and Tiercel could go well having gone close on his debut at Sandown. Ryan Moore partners Newmarket fourth Poet's Word while Makzeem is a brother to high-class former stablemate Al Kazeem and El Hayem cost 350,000gns.
El Hayem (IRE) Invincible Spirit colt out of Winning Sequence.
Mustashry 7-1 (9-5) Restless in stalls, slowly into stride, headway into mid-division over 3f out, stayed on well in closing stages, going on close home, went 4th last strides, 4th of 10, 3 3/4l behind Southern Gailes (9-5) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (4) pol in Oct.
Poet's Word (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, kept on towards finish, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 5 1/4l behind Mootaharer (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn stks (4) gs in Oct.
Taqdeer (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Dwelt, behind, headway 2f out, chased leaders when switched right over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well inside final furlong, pressed winner near finish, just held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Take The Helm (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (6) pol in Dec.
Tiercel 16-1 (9-1) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 7th of 8, 14 1/2l behind Gifted Master (9-1) at Newmarket 1m Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Oct.
Horrah Royal Applause gelding out of Aegean Shadow.
Makzeem Makfi colt out of Kazeem.
Victory Bond 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, shaken up and went 2nd 1f out, kept on towards finish, always held, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Algometer (9-5) at Newbury 1m mdn stks (4) gs in Oct.