The Toptop Maiden Stakes looks to be between Barnstorm, Johannesgrey and Ventura Cove with the vote going to Ventura Cove. It looks to be an above average maiden and any money for Johannesgrey or Barnstorm should be noted. Strictly on the form book Richard Fahey's horse should have Johannesgrey covered but there won't be much between them especially if Dandy Nicholls' horse has progressed. Mark Johnston's Barnstorm is very much the unknown quantity in the field. He was a 100,000 guinea foal so there should be ability in the locker. However, it's a worry he hasn't seen a race track till now and if ability doesn't beat him, inexperience may. Its Ventura Cove for us and the in form Fahey yard.
Grand Stitch (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Prominent for 4f, 13th of 14, 24l behind Sioux Rising (8-12) at Pontefract 6f 3yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Falcon's Tribute (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Mr Udagawa (8-10) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Plum Mac 125-1 (8-8) Keen, tracked leaders until ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 6, 40l behind Friends Hope (8-4) at Southwell 1m 3f clm stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Barnstorm Exceed And Excel gelding out of Caribbean Star.
Johannesgray (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Soon chased winner, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, not chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Colepeper (9-3) at Catterick 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Transmit (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) With winner, driven and lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 22l behind Passion For Gold (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Ventura Cove (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) In touch, driven over 1f out, hung left when under pressure inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Archers Road (9-4) at Beverley 5f 2yo stks (2) gd in May.