led, driven and headed 2f out, soon ridden, rallied to regain narrow lead, held on well
tracked leaders, headway 3f out, led 2f out, ridden 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong, kept on, held near finish
held up in touch, chased leaders 2f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong
tracked winner, outpaced 2f out, lost place when ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression
tracked winner, driven and lost place over 2f out, soon behind, tailed off
held up in touch, outpaced over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong
held up in touch, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, switched left to challenge 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, just held
A very tricky opener but the filly Clef has yet to run a bad race - having won over 5f, 6f and 7f – and should be a factor if staying the extra distance. Mutawatheb was a close third over 7f here last month and is only a pound higher while stable companion Soldier's Girl is another with every chance. Under Control bids for a hat-trick after wins at Musselburgh and Chelmsford while it would be no surprise to see Aardwolf get involved now he's starting to come down the weights. ZYMYRAN (NAP) got off the mark at Yarmouth last month and was even more impressive on his next start at Newcastle. He's improving at a rate of knots and can defy another 10lb hike in the weights.
Mutawatheb (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Andok (8-10) at Doncaster 7f (2) gs in Sep.
Aardwolf (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Led, headed approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 3 3/4l behind Timeless Flight (9-2) at Kempton 7f (3) pol in Sep.
Zymyran 11-10fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up, switched left over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led entering final furlong, went clear, readily, won at Newcastle 1m (4) pol in Sep beating Major Cornwallis (8-13) by 3 3/4l, 6 ran.
Soldier's Girl (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, edged right, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Tomorrowcomes (8-13) at Pontefract 1m fll (4) gs in Sep.
Riviere Argentee (FR) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 11l behind Bongrace (8-4) at Newcastle 1m (2) pol in Aug.
Clef 4-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Pichola Dance (9-1) at Newmarket 7f fll (2) gf in Sep.
Society Red 12-1 (8-7) Raced far side in touch, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 26, 3 3/4l behind Accidental Agent (8-9) at Newmarket 6f stks (2) gf in Oct.
Under Control (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up in touch in last pair, headway chasing leaders over 1f out, squeezed through inside final furlong, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Chelmsford City 1m (5) pol in Sep beating Masonic (9-2) by 1/2l, 7 ran.