A poor maiden that will take little winning and one that can go to IPSWICH LAD ahead of Red Courtier and Cast Of Stars. Andrew Balding has his string in fine form and so any concerns about his colt having not been seen out since the start of October are overlooked and that close-up third over a mile here looks the best form on offer. That day the colt just lacked the pace to go with them as the tempo quickened before staying on to strong effect late on, suggesting that today's extra two furlongs should bring about further improvement, and he rates a confident choice in a very average contest. Red Courtier improved upon his modest debut when third at Wolverhampton last time. Whilst that effort offered promise the horse was a little keen and racing over a furlong further today will surely need to settle better under Greg Fairley. Cast Of Stars was well supported before his second start but the gelding could only manage a well-held fifth having helped force the pace. Conditions were pretty testing at Goodwood that day though and perhaps this one can draw some improvement from taking to the all-weather and being ridden with a little more restraint. Kyoatee Kilt looks Paul Cole's second string here but must be considered as the second highest rated of those with an official mark. Stepping up to 1m2f for the first time today maybe the colt can improve but he'll need to; that rating is still fully a stone behind that of our selection Ipswich Lad who should be good enough to land this.
Cast Of Stars (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Disputed lead, stayed on far rail in straight, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 13, 9l behind Ted Spread (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 1f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Ipswich Lad 13-2 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Art Excellence (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Kyoatee Kilt 14-1 (9-2) Held up, pushed along over 3f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind Sounds Of Thunder (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Red Courtier 9-4 (9-1) Tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, never dangerous, 3rd of 8, 5l behind First In The Queue (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.
The Great Husk (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Hung left after 1f, soon in touch, ridden over 2f out, soon one pace, 4th of 15, 11l behind Aegean Destiny (8-7) at Leicester 7f 2yo sll (6) gf in Sep.
Creevy (IRE) 5-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 11, 7l behind Lisahane Bog (9-4) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Sisters Warning 80-1 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 16l behind Sidney Melbourne (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Sparkling Crown 66-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, over 5f, 9th of 13, 13l behind Eleanora Duse (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.