Soft ground may have been a legitimate excuse for Al Asef disappointing when favourite at Doncaster last time and it’s too soon to write him off but Midsummer Knight was placed yet again at Newcastle last week and has had plenty of chances now. It remains to be seen if IT’S A WISH can find the improvement necessary to figure after a modest debut third over track and trip but Clive Cox’ filly gets the vote to do so with an apprentice’s allowance helping her cause. Argon and Ingleby Molly are newcomers to note.
Al Asef 11-4fav (9-5) Keen in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 6 1/4l behind Raid (9-5) at Doncaster 6f mdn stks (4) sft in Nov.
Argon Kyllachy colt out of Cool Question.
Midsummer Knight 13-8fav (9-2) Led, hung right, bumped and headed over 1f out, kept on, held final 100 yards, finished 2nd, demoted to 3rd, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Royal Prospect (9-2) at Newcastle 6f stks (4) pol in Nov.
Born For Prosecco (IRE) 200-1 (8-11) Slowly away, outpaced, last of 10, 16 1/4l behind Towelrads Boy (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f stks (5) pol in Nov.
Haxby Juniors 100-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 10, dist behind Global Tango (9-2) at Newcastle 6f stks (6) pol in Nov.
Ingleby Molly (IRE) Choisir filly out of Mistress Twister.
It's A Wish 7-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 5 1/4l behind Gold Filigree (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f fll stks (5) pol in Nov.
Madame Ritz (IRE) Canford Cliffs filly out of Sky Red.
Our Tony Rock Of Gibraltar filly out of Ecusson.
Spanish Mane (USA) 50-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 6th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Gold Filigree (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f fll stks (5) pol in Nov.
Straffan (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not much room and lost place after 1f, switched left over 1f out, unable to close, 7th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Ghayadh (9-5) at Beverley 5f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul.