All of the 11 entries barring Carthage have won a race and he should be scoring soon judged on his last two runs in October where he looked in need of this sort of trip. Most of his rivals are unexposed including the Godolphin pair Billingsgate, a shock maiden winner at Kempton in October, and Natural Choice, an easy winner on the same track a month later. SURCINGLE made a successful debut on fast ground at Leicester and didn't enjoy the best of runs when sent into Listed company at Newmarket. She's a sister to a 1m2f winner and out of a Group 1 winner so looks just the type her trainer does so well with. She can take this though there are numerous dangers including Votary, who made a winning start over 1m3f at Kempton, and The Silver Kebaya, another Kempton winner who is racing from a lowly mark.
Votary (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2f out, ridden and hung violently left to stands' side rail over 1f out, ran on, won at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar beating Norse Star (8-7) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Billingsgate (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up, steady headway from 6f out, chased clear leader well over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong to catch leader last strides, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Bury Pacer (9-5) by hd, 11 ran.
Natural Choice 3-1 (9-0) Always prominent, led 2f out, clear final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov beating Sibling Honour (9-0) by 5l, 14 ran.
Mutatis Mutandis (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Raced centre close up, ridden 3f out, no impression final 2f, 5th of 14, 14l behind Majeyda (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Top of The Glas (IRE) 9-1 (8-11) Slowly in to stride towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 11l behind Volume (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Oct.
Black Schnapps (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Prominent, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, edged left 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind Grevillea (8-10) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Carthage (IRE) 5-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out unable to quicken over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Chatez (9-5) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Surcingle (USA) 11-2 (8-12) Awkwardly away and slowly into stride, raced stands' side until switched right to join centre group over 4f out, in rear, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 14, 20l behind Majeyda (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
The Silver Kebaya (FR) 5-1 (8-9) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, bumped 2f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m mdn fll stks (5) pol in Feb beating Ambella (9-9) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Latin Charm (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Held up, headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden and went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Redcar 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct beating Bold Captain (9-5) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Kantara Castle (IRE) 8-13fav (9-4) Led early, chased winner, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 2f out, last of 2, 4l behind Boogangoo (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Jan.