WIND STAR is unlikely to be of much value to the majority of punters but if coming back to his best after a lengthy absence he should prove difficult to beat, while both Montiboli and Musigny are worthy of mention. The selection is rated far superior to any of his rivals with a current rating of 88. His connections must be keen to gain another victory for this Piccolo seven year old and if anywhere near his best he ought to win this seller with his head in his chest. Montiboli landed back to back handicaps at Ripon last July and also has form on a soft surface which will be in his favour. His recent form however has not been great and for that season he has to be treated with some caution. Musigny continued to improve throughout last season and showed his best form late on after finishing second in two consecutive races at Yarmouth. He has had the winter to mature and it will be interesting to see how popular he is in the betting ring. To see a horse rated as high as Wind Star in a seller suggests he has some issues but even with that in mind he is difficult to oppose.
Castle Myth (USA) 9-4fav (8-5) Raced wide in rear, soon pushed along, never a factor, 7th of 10, 10l behind Rub Of The Relic (7-13) at Southwell 1m Claiming Stakes (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Mar.
Frank Crow 10-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, driven and outpaced over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to chase leaders final furlong, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Sunnyside Tom (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (4) gf in Jun '08.
Imperial Skylight 9-1 (9-3) Led narrowly until over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 6l behind Royal Acclamation (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Musigny (USA) 20-1 (8-6) Took keen hold, held up, headway over 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Spring Goddess (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m clm stks (6) gf in Oct.
Jenny's Pride (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, tracked leaders over 2f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Duneen Dream (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Mar.
Kneesy Earsy Nosey 40-1 (8-9) Took keen hold, led until 5f out, soon in rear and struggling final 3f, tailed off, last of 4, 27l behind Castle Myth (8-12) at Southwell 1m sell stks (6) fbs in Feb.
Montiboli (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Slowly away, soon outpaced, last of 10, 39l behind Rub Of The Relic (7-13) at Southwell 1m Claiming Stakes (0-65) (4yo+) (6) fbs in Mar.
Pretty Orchid 22-1 (8-3) Held up mid-division, lost place over 2f out, 7th of 11, 7l behind Captain Kallis (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Mar.
Fleetwoodsands (IRE) 18-1 (8-10) Went right start, in rear and outpaced, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 32l behind Colonel Mak (8-10) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Jun.
Wind Star 13-8fav (9-8) Held up mid division, headway over 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 4th of 8, 11l behind Munsef (9-5) at Chester 1m 2f clm stks (5) gf in Jun.