Luggers Hall and Rayadour have both been hurdling and the former has the best previous form on the Flat. Bin Manduro and El Massivo showed a glimpse of promise over shorter trips on their respective debuts and should finish closer but this could be between the newcomers. The Ballydoyle-owned Magical Kingdom is related to three winners and any significant support should not go unheeded but FEDERAL BLUE gets the nod. Mark Johnston has won two of the four previous renewals of this including with a debutant Queen Of Denmark last year and his Elusive Quality colt may be also be good enough at the first time of asking.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Getabuzz (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Fleeting Indian (IRE) 80-1 (8-7) Mid-division, pushed along 5f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Panettone (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Rayadour (IRE) (9-8) 3rd of 11, 3l behind Atomic Waves (9-8) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 1f 3yo stk gd in Sep.
Queen Of Skies (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, soon led, ridden 2f out, soon headed, chased winner until hung left over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Guest of Honour (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Sassi Sioux 150-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 11th of 12, 40l behind Embankment (9-3) at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.
Bin Manduro 10-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 9, 8l behind Sillabub (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Dec.
El Massivo (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 5l behind Little Buxted (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Federal Blue (USA) Elusive Quality colt out of Blue Duster.
Magical Kingdom (IRE) Danehill Dancer colt out of Al Saqiya.
Sings Poet 50-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and pushed along from start, raced wide in mid-division, reminders over 6f out and again over 4f out, behind and eased over 2f out, last of 12, well behind Press Room (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.