DANCING SANDS is rated 78 after a close-up second at Haydock which is normally good enough to win an ordinary maiden. It should be good enough to at least hold off the attentions of Persian Bolt, Kinloss and Acclio but one of the debutants may prove a tougher proposition. Spirit Raiser, Don't and Billowing are all related to winners but Gift Of Rain is of more interest. She cost 570,000gns as a yearling and any strong support for Ed Dunlop's filly could prove significant.
Acclio (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway on inner 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 75 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Perfect Alchemy (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.
Billowing (IRE) Candy Ride filly out of Cloudspin.
Cameo Tiara (IRE) High Chaparral filly out of Cuilaphuca.
Dancing Sands (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) In touch, headway to lead over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Flippant (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo stks (5) gd in Sep.
Don't Invincible Spirit filly out of Frigid.
Gift of Rain (IRE) Galileo filly out of La Sylvia.
Gracious Lady Royal Applause filly out of Succinct.
Kinloss 10-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, dropped to 3rd 1f out, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dynaglow (9-0) at Chester 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Sep.
Mahatta (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Took keen hold early, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, edged right over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 8l behind Lustrous (9-0) at Salisbury 7f 2yo stks (3) gf in Sep.
Persian Bolt (USA) 10-1 (8-12) In touch in rear, switched left over 2f out, headway to press leaders entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 5l behind Lady Lara (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo fll stks (2) sft in Sep.
Spirit Raiser (IRE) Invincible Spirit filly out of Macadamia.
Wunderkind (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, outpaced towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 13l behind Archibald Thorburn (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.