Nobody would begrudge Newmarket Warrior a belated first success as he's been beaten less than a length over a mile at Yarmouth and Newmarket in his last two starts. But he's much more exposed than his rivals in this and will probably find at least one too good again. Having missed the break, PERSONAL OPINION made relentless late progress over a mile here on his debut. The extra yardage is certain to suit and Charlie Appleby's colt can get the better of stablemate Deadly Approach, who also showed promise at Yarmouth despite running green, and the others. Fun Mac was third over this trip at Pontefract and could grab a place again while Ultimate Act should also stay. Battersea can only improve on debut at Newmarket and may be best of the rest.
Al Zaman Thaman (FR) 10-1 (9-5) Slowly away, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, always behind, last of 10, 29l behind Raven Ridge (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Battersea 16-1 (9-5) Slow into stride, always in rear, 9th of 13, 8l behind Seagull Star (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Come On Sunshine 50-1 (9-0) Always behind, last of 15, 22l behind Monsea (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Deadly Approach 9-2 (9-5) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, pushed along 2f out, no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Mount Logan (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Fun Mac (GER) 7-2 (9-5) Dwelt close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Dullingham (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Newmarket Warrior (IRE) 9-4fav (7-13) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Safety Check (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Personal Opinion 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 1f out, stayed on well, 5th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Monsea (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Ultimate Act 8-1 (9-5) Led until over 2f out, soon hard ridden, kept on under preessure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 11l behind Snow Sky (9-5) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) hvy.
Hasta La Vista 50-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, outpaced 3f out, well held final 2f, 9th of 11, 17l behind Cambridge (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gd.
Modern Art 7-1 (9-0) Raced wide towards rear, headway to track leaders 5f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 21l behind Istimraar (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.