Sir Michael Stoute's Daniel Defoe is surely better than he showed on his debut at Yarmouth in October 2008 but he has not been seen since then and stable companion SAPTAPADI seems the one to beat with the main danger looking to be Dancing Dude. Mark Johnston's colt improved from his debut outing when chasing home Goodlukin Lucy at Musselburgh earlier this month and he has solid claims on that evidence. Clive Brittain's Najam was well held first time up at Lingfield last month and is likely to struggle, while Sir Mark ran better at Redcar last time but is becoming expensive to follow. Not many of these can be given a serious chance and it is hard to oppose Sir Michael Stoute's Saptapadi, who was highly tried last season but ran well in Group 3 contests at Sandown and Chester and he looks to have been found a winning opportunity in this company.
Sir Mark (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Chased leaders on outer, challenged 3f out, hard ridden and one pace over 1f out, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Dandino (8-11) at Redcar 1m 1f mdn stks (5) sft.
Daniel Defoe (USA) 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 10l behind Al Marmoom (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct '08.
Frankie Falco 33-1 (9-8) Raced wide, in touch, disputed 2nd 8f out, ridden over 2f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Oscar Close (9-9) at Leicester 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft.
Saptapadi (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up, not clear run on inside 2f out, headway over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 8, 6l behind Golden Sword (8-12) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Sleep Over 12-1 (10-4) Always rear-division, 10th of 14, 12l behind Yemeni Princess (10-1) at Lingfield 2m mdn nat hunt flt (4-6yo) (6) std in Feb.
Dream Risk (FR) (8-8) 6th of 18, 8l behind Honeyblood (9-1) at La Teste De Buch(FR) 1m 1f stk in Jun.
Dancing Dude (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Tracked leader, pushed along 5f out, ridden 3f out, led 2f out, ran green, hung badly left when headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Goodlukin Lucy (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs.
Enchanting Smile (FR) 50-1 (8-12) In rear, never a factor, 8th of 12, 22l behind Senate (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar.
Najam 9-1 (8-9) Raced wide, mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 9l behind Faited To Pretend (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Penderyn 100-1 (8-7) Keen, led and soon clear, came back to field 3f out, headed 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 12l behind Senate (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar.