GREAT SHOT looked far from the finished article when scoring on his reappearance at Lingfield. He's a well-bred individual who comes from a family that tend to improve with age and he may well be good enough to follow up here. Sinfonico is another with scope while it could be worth forgiving stablemate Shewalksinbeauty's run at Goodwood in September, though she's yet to prove she stays this far. The majority of Malice Or Mischief's wins have come in claimers and Royal Opera's two runs this year suggest he hasn't trained on.
Great Shot 5-2 (8-10) Broke well, soon held up in touch, headway over 1f out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on strongly to lead well inside final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating Whistle On By (8-10) by 1l, 7 ran.
Sinfonico (IRE) 8-11fav (9-3) Led after 1f, joined over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Towering Storm (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.
Shewalksinbeauty (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Chased leading trio, pushed along on inside over 3f out, one pace 2f out, and beaten soon after, 5th of 7, 14l behind Indigo Way (9-2) at Goodwood 1m 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Malice Or Mischief (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Parlour Games (9-6) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Royal Opera 25-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, pressing leader when carried out after bend inside final 5f, virtually pulled up, last of 10, well behind Soweto Star (9-6) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.