Stars Over The Sea was expected to do better at Haydock last time on the back of a promising debut at Leicester. He may find LONGTON too good in this as Richard Fahey's colt ran well against more experienced competition on his introduction over track and trip and can open his account with normal progress. George The First may have to wait until handicapping to pick up a race while the newcomer Beautiful Stranger will need to be above average to come out best though he is related to a host of winners.
Beautiful Stranger (IRE) Iffraaj colt out of Monarchy.
George The First 4-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, lost 2nd when no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Shot In The Sun (7-12) at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf.
Longton 5-1 (9-5) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, last of 3, 2 1/2l behind Sir Jack Layden (9-5) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Stars Over The Sea (USA) 3-1 (9-5) Reared start lost 10 lengths and all chance, kept on under a hand final furlong (can do better), 6th of 7, 13l behind Snow Squall (9-5) at Haydock 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf.