Both Melvin The Grate and Zeus Magic found only one too good on their respective debuts. They look up to landing a race of this nature racing from opposite sides of the draw but WATCHEROFTHESKIES is just preferred. He split a couple of Newmarket raiders when runner-up at Lingfield earlier this month and normal progress should see him bang there at the finish. One Pekan cost 125,000gns as a two-year-old and is worth noting on his debut along with Speronella and Captain Starlight, a half-brother to a winner on the all-weather.
Burma Days (USA) 100-1 (9-3) Chased leaders 5f, 13th of 15, 14l behind Magog (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Captain Starlight (IRE) Captain Marvelous colt out of Jewell In The Sky.
Jakey (IRE) Cape Cross colt out of Off Message.
Mawson 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, outpaced when switched right inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 10l behind Fort Knox (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Melvin The Grate (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon edged right and ridden to challenge, kept on well, never reached winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Banovallum (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
One Pekan (IRE) Hard Spun colt out of Stormy Blessing.
Short Squeeze (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Dwelt towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 13, 10l behind Correspondent (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Sweet Piccolo 11-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along and outpaced, stayed near side in straight, never a factor, tailed off, last of 6, 31l behind Oscars Journey (9-3) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) hvy in Oct.
Watcheroftheskies 25-1 (9-3) In touch on outside, headway to chase leaders 3 out, ridden and challenged inside final furlong, led final 125 yards, headed and not pace of winner close home, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Chengho (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Zeus Magic 12-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Carry On Sydney (9-3) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Speronella Raven's Pass filly out of Rosinka.