Godolphin's CONTRETEMPS is likely to be well supported here, and is our selection ahead of Akbabend and Orbitor. Only one newcomer here, and that's Theola, so at least we've some form to go on. Contretemps, a 170,000 Guineas purchase has a fancy Newmarket entry in the spring, and has shown promise in his two runs to date, but when leading at Goodwood reportedly couldn't cope with the soft ground. Akbabend, Mark Johnston's runner also looks the improving sort, but struggled up the Newmarket hill last time out when leading. Michael Bell sends out Orbitor, and has been pulled out of a race at Nottingham to compete here. As with any maiden, a market check is advised, but we'll be siding with Contretemps.
Akbabend 14-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Mooakada (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Captain Walcot 14-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, one pace final 2f, hampered inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 5l behind Red Reef (8-8) at Salisbury 1m 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Contretemps (USA) 6-5fav (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon lost place and beaten, last of 8, 11l behind Aqwaal (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sept.
Decorum (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, 16l behind Skanky Biscuit (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Ermyn Lodge 66-1 (9-3) Behind, soon driven, struggling, 10th of 14, 12l behind Dulcie (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Forty Thirty (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and effort 2f out, no impression approaching final furlong, 5th of 20, 7l behind Shady Lady (8-12) at Redcar 1m 2yo mdn auc (6) gd.
Great Western (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, ran green and always rear, 11th of 14, 30l behind Palavicini (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Ivory's Icon (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Slowly away, green and soon well detached in rear, kept on final furlong, last of 8, 12l behind Red Humour (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc (5) pol in Jul.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 10-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway over 3f out, one pace, 4th of 14, 10l behind Madamlily (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Orbitor 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden along over 2f, headway over 1f, edged left and kept on final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Neuchatel (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs.
State General (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 14, 14l behind Madamlily (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Supernoverre (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Led to 4f out, weakening when hampered on rails over 2f out, 11th of 14, 14l behind Dulcie (8-12) at Goodwood 1m 1f 2yo mdn (4) gs.
Theola (IRE) Kalanisi filly out of Third Dimension.