chased leaders, driven into 2nd over 1f out, kept on well under pressure
tracked leader, effort well over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong
in touch, headway over 1f out, chased winner entering final furlong, no extra closing stages
slowly into stride, tracked leader, green and soon pushed along, lost place over 1f out
made all, hard ridden over 1f out, stayed on well
Rated 90, LEXINGTON REBEL should be winning this opener. Richard Hannon’s charge found life tough in Group 3 company last time but an apprentice’s allowance negates most of a penalty for an earlier success at Chepstow and he should have the measure of Abadie, who will need to improve on his second start after wind surgery to figure. The newcomers will need to be above average to make a winning start with Pinatar boasting a speedier pedigree than both Seasony and Animal Instinct.
Lexington Rebel (FR) 16-1 (9-1) Outpaced in rear, never a factor, 6th of 7, 5 1/4l behind Streamline (9-1) at Kempton 6f Grp 3 stks (1) pol in Sep.
Abadie 12-1 (9-5) Keen early, chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, never a threat, 5th of 12, 7 1/2l behind It's Good To Laugh (9-5) at Ffos Las 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Animal Instinct Leroidesanimaux colt out of Alea Iacta.
Pinatar (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor colt out of Burn The Breeze.
Seasony (IRE) Siyouni colt out of Rosie Cotton.