NIGHT STORY landed the odds over track and trip last month when beating a horse rated 84 with a bit to spare. That looks good enough form to defy a penalty and the Godolphin charge is preferred to the other penalised winners Antonian and Technological, though the latter went close over course and distance last time. Sexy Beast wasn’t beaten far over today’s trip at Newcastle on his recent debut but both Silver Character and Construct step up in trip for their respective reappearances.
Antonian 6-5fav (9-2) Raced wide early tracked leaders, led over 3f out, quickened 2 lengths clear over 1f out, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Dec beating Danzay (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Night Story 10-11fav (9-2) Close up in 4th, headway entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, readily, won at Lingfield 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Mar beating Yabass (9-6) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Technological 2-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Perfect Illusion (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 4f stks (5) pol in Feb.
Academician Zoffany gelding out of Eternity Ring.
Construct 6-1 (9-2) Steadied start, mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 14, 17 3/4l behind Alternative Fact (9-2) at Salisbury 1m stks (5) sft in Sep.
In Demand (IRE) Dalakhani colt out of Fleur De Cactus.
Sexy Beast 10-1 (8-5) Prominent, every chance over 1f out, kept on and always held by winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Heather Lark (8-0) at Newcastle 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Silver Character (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 7f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Corelli (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (5) pol in Nov.
Townie Mac Cityscape gelding out of Riverine.