COURT PASTORAL was the subject of good reports when making a winning debut at Windsor and will be forever remembered as the last winner to be trained by Sir Henry Cecil. The front two were well clear that day and, with improvement likely, the Mount Nelson filly can preserve her unbeaten record off a fair mark on handicap debut against more experienced but exposed sorts. Kelpie Blitz was much improved the last day when second to Cashpoint at Sandown, clearly benefiting from a reappearance run. He should go well round here having a Brighton success on his CV. Assizes has topweight but has yet to score since making a winning debut back in October 2011 but he's down to a career-low mark and looks a threat. Frozen Over was just behind Kelpie Blitz at Sandown and definitely enters calculations, especially when taking into account a gutsy Newmarket success on his previous outing.
Assizes 5-2fav (9-0) Chased leader until over 5f out, chased leading pair until outpaced over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Kiwayu (9-2) at Chester 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Kelpie Blitz (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly away in rear, headway over 1f out, switched left inside final furlong, ran on, not reached winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Nordic Quest (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up in rear in slowly run race, headway between horses 2f out, driven to chase leaders over 1f out, outpaced to 5th close home, 5th of 10, 2l behind Sir Boss (8-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Frozen Over 7-2 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Whitby Jet (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leading pair until over 3f out, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 14, 14l behind Significant Move (9-0) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Ajeeb (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 9l behind Standpoint (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Court Pastoral 5-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 4f out, ridden to lead 1f out, pressed throughout final furlong, ran on, won at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun beating Forward March (9-5) by nk, 15 ran.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Outpaced, always behind, 8th of 10, 9l behind Clearing (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jun.