steadied start, took keen hold and held up towards rear, good headway on inside chasing leaders over 2f out, not clear run on rail and badly hampered over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to recover
This is wide open with a host of unexposed three-year-olds on view. Richard Hannon runs three with Ryan Moore partnering the returning Contrast, who is preferred to The Grape Escape and Medahim. Atty Persse won on his racecourse debut over track and trip in September while Colibri, Mucho Applause and First Up opened their accounts in the same month. JUPITER LIGHT is a more recent winner having beaten a subsequent scorer at Wolverhampton last month so he gets a specualtive vote with his yard in flying form. Cullingworth beat Dr Julius No to land a handicap at Musselburgh last time but is more exposed than most.
Contrast (IRE) 9-4 (9-1) Tracked leading pair, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 4, 9l behind Temple Church (8-12) at Newbury 1m stks (2) sft in Sep.
Colibri (IRE) 8-11fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden clear entering final furlong, eased towards finish, comfortable, won at Brighton 7f mdn stks (5) gs in Sep beating Sweet Zain (9-0) by 12l, 6 ran.
The Grape Escape (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 7 1/4l behind Pleaseletmewin (9-0) at Newbury 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gs in Oct.
Rebel De Lope 4-1 (9-3) 6th of 9, 6 1/2l behind Ambassadorial (9-3) at Dundalk 7f lst stks (1) pol in Oct.
Dr Julius No 9-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced 3f out, ridden and headway under pressure on inside over 1f out, went 3rd and kept on inside final furlong, not reach front pair, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Cullingworth (8-3) at Musselburgh 1m hcp (2) gf in Apr.
Atty Persse (IRE) 10-11fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Sandown 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Sep beating Hamada (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Medahim (IRE) 6-4fav (9-6) Soon tracked leaders, driven 2f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Original Choice (8-13) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (3) pol in Apr.
First Up (IRE) 11-10fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, switched right 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep beating Muzeel (9-5) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Jupiter Light 11-4 (8-11) Tracked leader, kept on to lead post, won at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Tafaakhor (8-11) by shd, 4 ran.
Cullingworth (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, challenged over 1f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, held on well, won at Musselburgh 1m hcp (2) gf in Apr beating Grey Britain (9-5) by hd, 12 ran.
Mucho Applause (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Raced wide, tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, ran on, won at Salisbury 7f mdn stks (4) sft in Sep beating Redgrave (9-5) by 2l, 14 ran.
Juanito Chico (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up, in rear, headway on inside 2f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on, no impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Plant Pot Power (9-7) at Kempton 7f (4) pol in Oct.
Mister Blue Sky (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, effort to press winner inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Sea Shack (8-11) at Goodwood 7f stks (2) gs in Sep.
Trading Punches (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Always in rear, last of 9, 22 1/2l behind Mutahaady (9-2) at Epsom 7f (4) gd in Sep.