Al Mikdam showed the benefit of a moderate opening run with a much better effort over just short of this trip at Wolverhampton where he was staying on. Simon Crisford has had a fine season and Say The Word looks sure to add to his tally at some stage after a finishing in front of the former on his debut. He looked in need of experience that day and will take some beating. However, L'UN DEUX TROIS made a bright start at Ascot and wasn't beaten far in what looked a strong Goodwood maiden so gets the nod. Mondain attracted no attention in the market at Kempton but ran well enough and a middle-distance pedigree suggests there'll be more to come over this trip. Jamie Osborne has been among the winners and Waterproof is one to keep an eye on in the market.
Al Mikdam (USA) 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure when edged right inside final furlong, not reach winner, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Jersey Wonder (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Oct.
Barsa Kelmes (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Dwelt towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never on terms, last of 10, 21 1/2l behind Star Safari (9-5) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Oct.
Ginge N Tonic 20-1 (8-0) Held up, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 20 3/4l behind Ginger Fox (9-4) at Yarmouth 7f (5) gs in Oct.
L'Un Deux Trois (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Prominent, led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2l behind Pablo Escobarr (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 2f mdn stks (3) gs in Sep.
Mondain 20-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 6 1/4l behind Brian Epstein (9-2) at Kempton 1m stks (4) pol in Oct.
Say The Word 5-1 (9-2) Pressed winner, wanted to hang right virtually throughout, outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure well inside final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Jersey Wonder (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Oct.
Valence 16-1 (9-2) In rear, headway over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 9, 9 1/4l behind Metatron (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Oct.
Waterproof Pour Moi colt out of Laughing Water.
Zuba 10-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 9 1/2l behind The Pink'n (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 1f stks (4) sft in Oct.