John Gosden has made such a blazing start to the season that ELDRITCH (NAP), a debut winner at Haydock in October from subsequent winner Dubawi Prince , looks certain to be well supported. The latter is now rated 86 so the son of Dark Angel has to be the selection. Castellated made good progress in her first campaign and showed her liking for fast ground at Bath where she came on strongly at the finish while Melting Dew made most over a mile on the Polytrack at Lingfield and battled on really well when tackled. Master Archer didn't show much in two runs last term but was gelded over the winter and shaped with promise on his comeback at Windsor while Glorious Forever landed a maiden on that track in October, though it was on ground with some give.
Whip Nae Nae (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Draw Swords (9-5) by ns, 7 ran.
Glorious Forever 13-8fav (9-5) Led 8f out, clear 3f out, ridden and strongly pressed inside final furlong, stayed on to assert near finish, won at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Oct beating Jewel House (9-5) by nk, 11 ran.
Pirate Look (IRE) 5-2 (8-5) Dwelt, close up in 4th, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Masham Star (9-7) at Newcastle 1m (3) pol in Nov.
Eldritch (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway when not clear run over 2f out, switched right, quickened to lead inside final furlong, readily, won at Haydock 1m mdn stks (4) gd in Oct beating Dubawi Prince (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.
Vanity Queen 9-2 (9-1) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 3/4l behind Zymyran (8-7) at Yarmouth 1m (4) gf in Sep.
Master Archer (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Held up tracking leaders, not clear run and switched left well inside final furlong, stayed on, 4th of 9, 1 1/2l behind Comrade Conrad (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Nick Vedder 7-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along to lead 2f out, ridden and edged inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newcastle 1m hcp (5) pol in Mar beating Cheval Blanche (9-8) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Castellated 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, driven to challenge over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on gamely to lead post, won at Bath 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Oct beating Vantage Point (9-5) by ns, 6 ran.
City Dreamer (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Held up, in rear, some headway on wide outside 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 5 1/4l behind Geneva Convention (9-5) at Windsor 1m (4) gs in Oct.
Bush House (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and one pace in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Bin Battuta (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Melting Dew 7-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, pressed leader, led narrowly 5f out, ridden over 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Nov beating Muqaatil (9-5) by nk, 10 ran.