This is always a competitive affair and a few of these will no doubt go into the notebook for the months ahead. Barry Hills won it twice in the last four years before retiring and son Charles saddles Estifzaaz, though he was a huge disappointment when long odds-on on his final start as a two-year-old. Caramack also had his chances last season while You're The Boss couldn't justify favouritism in a Polytrack maiden in December. MUSIC MASTER caught the eye despite meeting trouble in-running on his debut at Salisbury in August. He's the type to make a decent three-year-old and his experience can give him the edge today over a host of potentially decent newcomers of which Assembly, a half-brother to a useful all-weather winner, and Godolphin's Balad may come out best.
Assembly Kyllachy colt out of Constitute.
Balad (IRE) Exceed And Excel colt out of Bright Morning.
Estifzaaz (IRE) 4-9fav (9-3) Tracked winner, challenged over 3f out, ridden and beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 7l behind Gabrial's Kaka (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Jammy Guest (IRE) Duke Of Marmalade colt out of Ardbrae Lady.
Messila Star Pivotal colt out of Jamboretta.
Music Master 9-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, stayed on, not pace to challenge, 4th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Saint Jerome (9-3) at Salisbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Red Rocker (IRE) Redback colt out of Feet Of Flame.
Rock Up (IRE) 12-1 (8-0) Raced center, in touch, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 42l behind Effie B (9-2) at Newbury 6f 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct.
Tawtheeq (IRE) Acclamation colt out of Grand Slam Maria.
You're The Boss 4-6fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind King Of The Danes (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Caramack 10-3 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, chased winner, one pace and well held inside final furlong, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Vallarta (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Saxon Soldier 66-1 (9-3) Slowly away in rear, never on terms, 12th of 13, 11l behind Correspondent (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.