Never To Be won a maiden contest at Lingfield in August and is preferred to the other handicap debutantes Nova Champ, Pretty Flamingo and Alquimia. Maid In Rio picked up a seller on her latest start while Gender Agenda and Zeshov were both well beaten on their handicap debuts. Thewandaofu may figure dropped in class, but BLACK CAESAR won a shade cosily in soft ground at Newbury last month and the Hannon colt makes most appeal stepping up in trip despite carrying top weight.
Black Caesar (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Made all, grabbed stand side rail over 4f out, ridden and ran on, won at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep beating Hesbaan (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Gender Agenda 7-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Meeting Waters (8-4) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Zeshov (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 10l behind Remember (9-5) at York 7f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep.
Thewandaofu (IRE) 20-1 (8-1) Soon led, ridden and edged left over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, edged right and kept on close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Autumn Lily (9-7) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Never To Be (USA) 7-4fav (9-5) In touch, headway over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, hard pressed close home, just held on, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Aug beating Mawzoona (8-11) by shd, 10 ran.
Dovil's Duel (IRE) 6-4fav (9-8) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 6l behind Alfie Lunete (9-2) at Chepstow 5f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Nova Champ (IRE) 11-10fav (9-5) Steadied start, tracked winner for 1f, went 2nd again well over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Finflash (9-5) at Chepstow 5f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Aug.
Maid In Rio (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Musselburgh 7f 2yo sll (6) gd in Sep beating Black Treacle (9-2) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Pretty Flemingo (IRE) 10-11fav (9-0) With leader, outpaced over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, 2nd of 7, hd behind Hipz (9-0) at Lingfield 5f 2yo stks (5) sft in Sep.
Headlong (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leader, effort over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Tanzeel (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Jul.
Mops Angel 11-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Musicora (9-7) at Leicester 6f 2yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep.
Alquimia (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Led on rail, pushed along halfway, headed over 1f out, chased winner, one pace and no impression when edged right final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Veiled Intrigue (9-0) at Goodwood 6f 2yo fll mdn (5) gd in Aug.