led until over 1f out, not pace of winner
tracked leader, effort 2f out, weakened final furlong
tracked leader, outpaced halfway, rallied entering final furlong, kept on
keen, tracked leader, led approaching final furlong, hung left, quickened clear
held up in rear, headway over 2f out, soon outpaced, kept on under pressure closing stages
Macho Time and Aleneva have no easy task on today’s terms but there is little between the remaining trio. Temple Of Heaven found life tough in Listed company in soft going at Ayr last time and gets first-time blinkers while Hamish Macbeth ran well for third sent over to the Curragh for a valuable sales race last month. But DESERT SAFARI looks to have the strongest recent form having placed behind higher rated horses in the Two-Year-old Trophy at Redcar on his latest start and Mark Johnston’s colt gets another chance having won both previous outings on the all-weather.
Desert Safari (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Prominent, led over 5f out, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Summer Sands (8-3) at Redcar 6f lst (1) hvy in Oct.
Hamish Macbeth 9-4 (9-3) Raced near side group, mid-division early, headway to chase leaders from over 1f out, kept on well without reaching front pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 26, 1/4l behind Stone Circle (9-5) at Curragh 6f stks gd in Sep.
Macho Time (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 11, 9l behind Separate (9-2) at Newbury 7f (3) gd in Sep.
Temple Of Heaven 6-1jfav (9-3) Towards rear, outpaced over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never a threat, 13th of 21, 8 3/4l behind Southern Hills (9-3) at Ascot 5f lst stks (1) sft in Jun.
Aleneva (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, last of 9, 9 1/2l behind Rose Of Kildare (9-0) at Ayr 6f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gd in Sep.