Bannock makes his racecourse debut and, if strongly supported in the betting, could prove the biggest threat to FOREVERTHEOPTIMIST. The latter was headed close home over the minimum trip at Newcastle when third on his first start and that form looks rock-solid with the fourth-placed Ortea having won since. The remainder all have a bit to find with selection on the evidence of modest debuts, but no doubt there's more to come from J J Leary who made his debut in better company at this track a fortnight ago.
Adranian (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 9th of 12, 10l behind He's So Cool (8-8) at Doncaster 5f 2yo stks (4) gd.
Bannock (IRE) Bertolini colt out of Laoub.
Forevertheoptimist (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, effort halfway, every chance entering final furlong, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Marford Missile (9-3) at Newcastle 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd.
J J Leary (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, driven and outpaced 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, 8l behind Lilbourne Lad (9-3) at Doncaster 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Misty Conquest (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Held up in touch, switched right over 1f out, hung left and kept on same pace inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 14, 6l behind Best Terms (8-8) at Windsor 5f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) gf.
Springleaf (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, pushed along mid-division on outer, kept on final furlong, no impression, 4th of 11, 7l behind Ebony Clarets (9-0) at Pontefract 5f 2yo stks (5) gf.