Red Stargazer made a good impression on his debut at Ayr but was nowhere near that form in a follow-up attempt at Haydock. That can't have been his true form and better is expected. Illuminating Dream won a maiden here in August and was optimistically sent to Dubai where she was beaten a long way in both starts. Lincoln landed an Ayr maiden in September and has performed with credit on his last couple of starts while Belayer scored over 5f on his debut here before taking on much better company in nurseries. Paul Hanagan was on board when MUTEELA made a winning debut at Lingfield in October and this well-connected filly is likely to have made good progress over the winter and looks well treated. Upholland appeared to need the trip when scoring over 1m1f at Wolverhampton and hasn't run up to that form subsequently.
Red Stargazer (IRE) Evensfav (9-0) Close up in last place, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and no impression from over 2f out, eased when beaten final furlong, last of 3, 11l behind Musical Comedy (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (3) sft in Oct.
Illuminating Dream (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) last of 8, 31l behind Ihtimal (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f flls Group 3 (1) in Feb.
Lincoln (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Raced centre, held up, effort and switched right over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Muwaary (8-8) at Newbury 7f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Belayer (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders stand side, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 22l behind Hartnell (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Muteela 12-1 (9-0) Led until halfway, chased leader until halfway, handy 3rd, effort on inside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on to lead and edged right well iniside final furlong, just held on, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct beating Song Of Norway (9-0) by ns, 12 ran.
Upholland 3-1fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 9l behind Grevillea (8-10) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.