The draw could prove vital in this maiden that ends proceedings today and for us PROUD TIMES looks best with Dame Anouska and Business Class offered as the alternatives. Alan Swinbank's gelding makes only his second career-start here today and his first in over 6 months. The three-year-old travelled strongly last time out and finished the runner up on debut. He has bucket loads of speed and in a race such as this, such an attribute can prove the deciding factor. Dame Anouska was impressive on debut last month and cannot be overlooked here. She finished second there and any improvement on that outing will make here hard to beat. Business Class was a well-beaten third in a 7f maiden here on his debut last September, he looks to be a neat sort and he is open to plenty of improvement. Fortunate Flame was fourth when last over course and distance, the going here will be against him though. Preference is for Proud Times.
Cherries On Top (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Jumped awkwardly, slowly into stride and soon behind, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 6l behind Pride of Northcare (9-1) at Lingfield 5f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Cotswolds 9-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 18l behind Sirocco Breeze (9-3) at Leicester 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Crux 40-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 15th of 20, 18l behind El Dececy (9-5) at Redcar 7f sell stks (6) fm in Apr.
Oscar Wild 100-1 (9-9) With leader, ridden over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 8th of 17, 19l behind Duncan (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Business Class (BRZ) 8-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 4f out, driven 3f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never a factor, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Street Devil (9-12) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.
Call Me Rosy (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon lost place, last of 14, 36l behind Sularno (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcap (6) fbs in Jun.
Majaji Bal Harbour filly out of Petaz.
Fortunate Flame 11-8fav (9-3) Dwelt and was soon chasing leaders, ridden to challenge and every chance 2f out, driven and one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Kersivay (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Proud Times (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, headed and soon no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Moonlight Affair (8-6) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Aug.
Willent Lend A Hand gelding out of Lapu-lapu.
Dame Anouska (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Prominent, led over 2f out, driven when headed entering final furlong, rallied close home, held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Kersivay (9-3) at Catterick 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Hettie Hubble 33-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, effort 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 14l behind Big Apple Boy (9-3) at Pontefract 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Turning Top (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, steady headway over 1f out, kept on, never nearer, 8th of 13, 7l behind Awfeyaa (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll stks (5) pol in Oct.