ASHAMALY is hard to oppose in this. He left his previous form behind when landing his handicap debut at Lingfield by five lengths and a 6lb penalty is unlikely to prevent James Tate's colt from following-up. Mystical Sapphire made a winning debut over C&D and looks next best ahead of Go Far who also has his first start in a handicap. Roman Order was well beaten off today's mark attempting to follow-up a win at Lingfield while Mackinson Lane looks to be treading water and never threatened when fourth over a mile here last time.
Ashamaly 4-1 (9-2) Always prominent, led over 2f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec beating Lucky Di (9-7) by 5l, 9 ran.
Mystical Sapphire 10-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, strong headway over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov beating Mac's Superstar (9-3) by hd, 13 ran.
Roman Order (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 9, 7l behind Ashamaly (9-2) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Go Far 5-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, outpaced halfway, wandered under pressure inside final furlong, kept on well, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Intrepid (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
Makinson Lane (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, lost 3rd final 50 yards, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Jodies Jem (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Compton Silver 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division on inside, ridden 2f out, lost place over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 10l behind Sakhee's Rose (9-7) at Kempton 6f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.