tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
towards rear, headway 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace
close up, headway to chase leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on
slowly away, in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms
tracked leaders, challenged from over 2f out, led and hung left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on
always in rear
always in rear
close up, ridden and weakened 2f out
soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace
Romantic went backwards when encountering soft going at Yarmouth in October but he's not easily dismissed given Sir Henry Cecil has won two of the last three renewals. The Godolphin colt Morning Coat is a half-brother to multiple winner Yamal and has to be considered on his debut but preference goes to KASHGAR. There was some cut in the ground when he made his debut over today's trip at Yarmouth recently and though he finished a creditable third, Michael Bell's Hernando colt would have gone even closer with a clear run. Aliante was still beaten 10 lengths when second at Southwell last time and the returning Ballyheigue could prove a bigger threat.
Ballyheigue (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led briefly 8f out, chased leader, ridden 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 7l behind Winner's Wish (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Gangsterbanksters (FR) 20-1 (9-2) 98th of 15, 10l behind Hi Ya Pal (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 1f 3yo stks.
Last Shadow 50-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 9l behind Zaina (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Mar.
Morning Coat Shirocco colt out of Pioneer Bride.
Palus San Marco (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Raced in rear, never a factor, 11th of 15, 11l behind Rockinante (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Jun.
Play Tiger (FR) Tiger Hill colt out of Shagadellic.
Ayla's Emperor 17-2 (8-12) Held up, effort 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 19l behind Trader Jack (9-3) at Ffos Las 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Nov.
Choral Bee 100-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 17, 17l behind Cubanita (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Secrets Away (IRE) Refuse To Bend filly out of Lady Zonda.
Spanish Trail Rail Link filly out of La Coruna.
Kashgar 7-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, shaken up to challenge over 1f out, soon no impression, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Samba King (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) gs.
Romantic (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 9l behind Handsome Man (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Aliante 6-4 (8-0) Tracked leading pair, chased winner 4f out, hampered 3f out, ridden and hung left from 2f out, finished under far rail, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Juno The Muffinman (8-5) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Mar.