Ballesteros weakened close home when third over C&D on his debut but this quicker ground should aid his cause and Brian Meehan's colt looks the pick of those with previous experience. There looks to be dangers aplenty among the newcomers, however, with Richard Fahey saddling the Cockney Rebel colt Badea and Richard Hannon responsible for expensive purchase Fort Bastion. Dandy Nicholls should win races with Man Of My Word but the stable's two-year-olds often need a run or two so preference today is for MEZMAAR. From the same family as smart sprinter Tante Rose, the Teofilio colt has plenty of fancy entries and is obviously held in some regard by connections.
Badea Cockney Rebel colt out of Gibraltar Bay.
Ballesteros 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Mabroor (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Flying Trader (USA) Mizzen Mast colt out of Remediate.
Fort Bastion (IRE) Lawman colt out of French Fern.
Free Zone Kyllachy colt out of Aldora.
Lexi's Prince (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Slowly away, never on terms, 8th of 11, 24l behind Mabroor (9-3) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Man Of My Word Milk It Mick colt out of Promised.
Mezmaar Teofilo colt out of Bay Tree.
Priestley's Reward (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Very slowly away, always outpaced, 3rd of 4, 24l behind He's So Cool (9-2) at Newcastle 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gf.
Speeding Selkirk colt out of Zooming.
Stepper Point 40-1 (9-3) With winner against stands' side rail over 2f, weakened final furlong, 11th of 14, 18l behind Magic City (9-3) at Newbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.