Saeed bin Suroor sent out last year’s inaugural winner and runs two in this. Ripon winner Beauvais found one too good carrying a penalty at Pontefract in June while DUBAI FUTURE opened his account with a victory over 1m2f at Windsor back in July. Both the latter’s half-brother and dam won over today’s trip and he gets the vote to defy a penalty on his return. Casual Reply was narrowly beaten over a longer distance when sent off favourite at Chelmsford last month but King Power disappointed last time having finished a close-up fourth at Ascot earlier.
Beauvais (IRE) 6-5fav (9-8) Traced leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Bayshore Freeway (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 4f stks (3) gf in Jun.
Dubai Future 3-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden and stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul beating Two Bids (9-5) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Border Warrior 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, no impression after, 7th of 11, 8 1/4l behind Capla Crusader (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Oct.
Tinkerbird 40-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, last of 11, 35 1/2l behind Capla Crusader (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Oct.
Casual Reply 11-8fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Pianissimo (9-2) at Chelmsford City 1m 5f stks (5) pol in Oct.
Ela Katrina 25-1 (8-11) Held up, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 9 3/4l behind Last Look (8-11) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f fll stks (4) pol in Jul.
King Power 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked winner, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 10, 36 1/2l behind Lady Scatterley (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.
Furia D'Oudairies (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway 3 out, no impression next, 6th of 12, 16l behind Magen's Moon (11-11) at Plumpton 2m hcp (5) sft in Oct.