William Haggas has his string in fine form and ASIAN TRADER makes considerable appeal after displaying abundant promise on his racecourse debut at Doncaster a week ago. He was comfortably beaten by Sir Pedro but his third of 20 after a tardy stalls exit still suggested he's a potentially useful sprinter in the making. Sure to have benefited from the experience, he should be hard to beat having bagged the ideal draw. His main rival appears to be All Or Nothin who showed he'd progressed well from a satisfactory York debut when only beaten a length into third in a Thirsk maiden, though Elegant Girl also showed she was going the right way when putting up an improved showing behind Isola Verde at Redcar last time. However, like Tom Dascombe's Multi Bene, she may do better when tackling handicaps.
All Or Nothin (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Mid-division, headway when not clear run and switched right over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Dos Amigos (9-3) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gs.
Ambitious Boy 14-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 9, 10l behind Roedean (8-4) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Asian Trader 10-3 (9-3) Towards rear, headway 2f out, soon every chance, stayed on and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 20, 4 1/2l behind Sir Pedro (9-3) at Doncaster 6f mdn auc stks (5) gd.
John Coffey (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, behind, outpaced when switched inside 2f out, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 9, 9l behind Alive And Kicking (10-0) at Catterick 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Multi Bene 8-1 (9-0) Slowly away in rear, ridden halfway, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 29l behind Colbyor (9-0) at Nottingham 6f 3yo mdn aut (5) sft.
Ptolemy 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden inside final 2f, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 18, 11l behind Shahzan (9-12) at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs.
Taizong (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) With leaders, ridden over 1f out, carried left and lost place 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 18, 9l behind Shahzan (9-12) at Doncaster 6f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gs.
Economic Crisis (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Held up in touch, outpaced before halfway, soon no impression, 5th of 8, 5l behind Orders From Rome (8-10) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) fbs.
Elegant Girl (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Isola Verde (8-12) at Redcar 6f fll mdn stks (5) sft.
Red All Over (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Dwelt, in rear, soon well behind, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Point Made (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Sep.