Steps ran with promise on debut at Nottingham last time but it wouldn't do to get too carried away with that form given the proximity of the 68-rated third there, so while he may prove good enough we prefer to side with DAFFYDOWNDILLY. Hughie Morrison clearly thinks that this Oasis Dream filly has some ability, having run her in a very valuable sales race at Newmarket last time. She may not have handled the soft ground there but the experience will do her no harm and now tried here she can improve. Soft ground lover New Latin carries the hopes of Paul Hanagan here, while Richard Hughes rides Enlightening, who may prove a better proposition back on a quicker surface.
Enlightening (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Slight lead until approaching halfway, weakened 2f out, 5th of 7, 18l behind West Leake Bridge (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
New Latin (IRE) 13-8fav (9-3) Led until halfway, soon hard driven and one pace, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Celtic Sixpence (8-12) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Oct.
Paperetto 4-1fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Hallelujah (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
St Augustine (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Prominent far side, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 17, 16l behind Earl Of Leitrim (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Steps (IRE) 9-2 (8-13) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Soweto Star (8-12) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Oct.
Daffydowndilly 50-1 (9-0) Raced center, held up, merged with far side 5f out, weakened 2f out, 19th of 20, 22l behind Masaya (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) sft in Oct.
Elvira Delight (IRE) Desert Style filly out of Entente Cordiale.
Suga Shot 150-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear and pushed along, never a factor, 10th of 12, 23l behind Show Rainbow (9-0) at Leicester 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (6) hvy in Oct.