After a promising reappearance at Newmarket, Ice Cold Bex has disappointed in a couple of handicaps back at HQ and is not certain to appreciate today's longer trip either. ENCORE UN FOIS was bought from the Cumani yard at last month's sales and he's fared much better in handicap company with a couple of placed efforts. Breeding suggests he'll stay today's distance and he gets the vote on his debut for George Baker. Roman Flame looks the best of the remainder but the others have plenty to find on today's terms.
Encore Un Fois 11-2fav (9-4) Took keen hold in mid-division, effort on outside over 2f out, plugged on same pace over 1f out, 5th of 13, 6l behind Doncosaque (8-13) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Ice Cold Bex 12-1 (9-6) Led center group until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 16l behind May Be Some Time (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Elfine (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 9l behind Daruband (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol.
Roman Flame 7-2 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 7l behind Ela Gonda Mou (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Spade 6-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, weakened 2f out, 11th of 15, 27l behind Cativo Cavallino (9-4) at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Oct.