Cayman Breeze gets just a narrow vote over the likes of Diamond Katie, Supreme Kiss, Double M and Diamond Josh. This apprentice affair to start the ball rolling is pretty uninspiring, and it is hoped that Cayman Breeze will prove up to the task on the strength of his past efforts on the all-weather. Milton Bradley's charge was only beaten two-lengths in a handicap at Brighton last month and a reproduction of that should see him go close again. Diamond Katie was successful off a mark of 66 at Sandown last year and is rated lower now, but she has never raced on an artificial surface before, so is perhaps best watched, while Supreme Kiss is one of just two three-year-olds in the line-up and is still a maiden. Double M in contrast has seen it all before, and in fact has won nine times here during his long career. Diamond Josh showed signs of a return to form when a close third in a Wolverhampton claimer nine days ago, so has to be considered, but in a moderate contest the vote goes to Cayman Breeze.
Vindication 16-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 4l behind Megalala (8-6) at Brighton 7f clm (6) gs in Sept.
Elgin Marbles 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakening 2f out, last of 10, 13l behind Molem (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcap (6) pol.
Dannabelle (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Led, headed 1f out, weakened quickly, 13th of 20, 6l behind Gracie's Gift (9-7) at Goodwood 1m clm hcap (6) gd in Sept.
Supreme Kiss 12-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, in rear and keen, ridden and switched right over 2f out, stayed on, 5th of 14, 5l behind Chatshow (9-0) at Bath 6f app hcp (6) gf in Sept.
Diamond Katie (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders 2f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Chatshow (9-0) at Bath 6f app hcp (6) gf in Sept.
Double M 14-1 (8-9) Raced centre in rear, kept on, never nearer, 5th of 12, 8l behind Multahab (8-9) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) frm in Jun.
Knead The Dough 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders over 4f, 7th of 13, 7l behind Goodwood March (8-12) at Windsor 6f mdn stk (5) gs.
Cayman Breeze 10-1 (8-6) Held up, headway 2f out, chased leaders and every chance over 1f out, not quicken final furlong, 4th of 16, 3l behind The Cayterers (8-11) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sept.
Diamond Josh 20-1 (7-12) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, not quicken inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Howards Princess (8-2) at W'hampton 5f clm (6) pol.
Doctor's Cave 12-1 (9-9) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 11l behind Joyeaux (10-0) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Larky's Lob 9-1 (8-6) Dwelt, rapid headway to lead over 4f out, headed 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 4l behind Christian Bendix (8-7) at Southwell 6f hcp (6) fbs in Feb.
Fen Guest 16-1 (8-6) Held up, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 8l behind Tilly's Dream (8-12) at Folkestone 5f fll hcp (5) gs in Aug.