SHAMIR is a confident choice in this maiden; the list of dangers is headed by Feeling Fragile and Prince Of Sorrento. Jo Crowley's colt has three times gone close on the all-weather and he failed to capitalise on what looked a good opportunity at Lingfield last month when he failed to get home. This drop in trip is therefore a big plus and he can open his account. Feeling Fragile would have claims on the form of his run at Wolverhampton back in October, but he disappointed at the same track last time when he failed to settle and ran out of steam. Prince Of Sorrento shaped with promise on his debut at Lingfield last month and this extra furlong should play to his strengths. There are some interesting newcomers here including Avida Dollars and Explorator, so a watching brief on the market is advised. However, a decent case can be made for Shamir and he gets the pick.
Avida Dollars Avonbridge colt out of Love Quest.
Erebus (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Dwelt, behind, some progress into mid-division halfway, no further progress, 7th of 14, 7l behind Za Za Zoom (8-12) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Explorator (IRE) Whipper colt out of Certainly Brave.
Feeling Fragile (IRE) 6-4fav (8-9) Tracked leader and pulled hard, challenged 2f out, soon ridden, one pace, 6th of 9, 7l behind Sidney Melbourne (8-11) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Lou Bear (IRE) Lujain colt out of Dream Of Dubai.
Pie Poudre 100-1 (9-3) Slowly away, struggling halfway, always behind, 10th of 14, 10l behind Za Za Zoom (8-12) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Prince Of Sorrento 100-1 (9-3) Raced wide in touch, ridden 2f out, slightly outpaced, driven and kept on to take 3rd post, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Jarrow (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Shamir 10-11fav (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Rumoush (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
St Ignatius 6-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Highland Quaich (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Ambrogina 4-1 (8-9) Went right start, slowly into stride, towards rear and pushed along, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 8l behind Ananda Kanda (8-9) at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (5) hvy in May.
Hovering Hawk (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, mid-division, headway on inside halfway, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 15l behind Huroof (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
La Toya J (IRE) 100-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, took keen hold in rear of mid-division, pushed along halfway, no real progress final 2f, 7th of 13, 14l behind Next Move (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Nov.
Philippa Jane 40-1 (8-4) Raced freely and swished tail, led after 1f, headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 21l behind Perfect Vision (8-8) at Kempton 1m 2yo fll mdn aut (4) std in Oct.
Red Yarn Lucky Story filly out of Aunt Ruby.