DUBLIN PHARAOH returned a losing favourite when only third at Newcastle but still finished in front of a subsequent dual winner. Roger Varian’s colt can open his account in this. Aqrab also finished closer over track and trip last time and is going the right way while Hover and Behind The Wall will have benefited for recent debut runs and are others to note. Win Win Power cost 200,000gns as a half-brother to a four winners, including the smart Nargys, and is preferred to King Of The South of the newcomers.
Behind The Wall (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up and always behind, last of 6, 7 3/4l behind Tommy de Vito (9-5) at Newcastle 6f stks (4) pol in Jan.
Dublin Pharaoh (USA) 11-10fav (9-5) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden to chase winner entering final furlong, kept on one pace and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Desert Flyer (9-0) at Newcastle 1m stks (5) pol in Dec.
Giuseppe Cassioli 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and carried left start, behind most of way, 10th of 12, 10 1/2l behind Owney Madden (9-0) at Newbury 6f stks (4) gs in Jul.
King Of The South (IRE) Kingman colt out of South Atlantic.
Socialize 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, sent forward to race keenly with leader, weakened well over 1f out, last of 4, 9 3/4l behind Time To Strike (8-7) at Chelmsford City 6f stks (4) pol in Jan.
Win Win Power (IRE) Exceed And Excel colt out of Spesialta.
Aqrab (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Raced wide in touch, pushed along and outpaced halfway, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Island Hideaway (9-0) at Lingfield 1m mdn fll stks (5) pol in Dec.
Chica Del Dia 40-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, ran green and outpaced throughout, 9th of 12, 16 1/4l behind Group One Power (9-5) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Song Of Pompeia 80-1 (8-10) Held up, pushed along 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 18l behind Badrah (8-10) at Kempton 7f mdn fll stks (5) pol in Jan.
Hallowed Castle (IRE) Hallowed Crown gelding out of Tagula Mon.
Hover (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Lexington Force (9-5) at Kempton 1m stks (5) pol in Feb.
Lokal Heroine Leroidesanimaux filly out of Lokaloka.