Blank Czech has made no progress in handicaps this season but has the best form in the book on last year's placed efforts. He should take care of both La Belle Doyenne and Trulee Scrumptious back in maiden company but a chance is taken on the newcomer VILLORESI. He's related to four winners, including a Listed race winner, and James Fanshawe's charge gets the nod ahead of fellow debutant Giantstepsahead.
Blank Czech (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Soon led, headed 8f out, chased leader, closed over 2f out, every chance 2 out, ridden over 1f out, soon lost 2nd, driven in 4th and no impression inside final furlong, dropped to 5th final 75 yards, 5th of 13, 5l behind Layali Dubai (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Giantstepsahead (IRE) Footstepsinthesand gelding out of Salty Air.
Villoresi (IRE) Clodovil gelding out of Villafranca.
La Belle Doyenne 33-1 (9-5) Held up behind, headway 2f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression with leading trio, 4th of 10, 8l behind Shea (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Trulee Scrumptious 5-1 (8-11) Hampered start, held up in rear, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 10, 9l behind True Prince (8-7) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Sep.