Argot won his only start last season and has scope. Mustajjid made a winning debut at Wolverhampton in February but was only fourth when a hot favourite at Lingfield the following month and is now blinkered. Nakuti and Golden Spear should both strip fitter for recent outings while Red Cossack and Faure Island showed progressive form in their first season and should make decent three-year-olds. But DARK LEOPARD looks the one to beat on a couple of placed efforts in Newbury maidens last year as a recent spin at Lingfield should have blown away any cobwebs.
Instant Attraction (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced halfway, rallied inside final furlong, stayed on into never dangerous 5th close home, 5th of 12, 5l behind New Bidder (8-13) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Nakuti (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) In touch in rear, headway to track leaders 2f out, effort when short of room inside final furlong, ridden and soon pressed winner, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Nova Princesse (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Dark Leopard 9-4 (9-5) Tracked leaders, effort to press leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon headed, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Mutawathea (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Golden Spear 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, some late progress, never on terms, 6th of 13, 16l behind Secret Pursuit (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Argot 16-1 (9-5) Dwelt in touch in rear, rapid headway and switched left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct beating Dandana (9-5) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Mendacious Harpy (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up well in rear, ridden and effort over 2f out, never on terms and no impression over 1f out, 6th of 10, 11l behind Grevillea (8-10) at Windsor 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Red Cossack (CAN) 7-2fav (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1l behind New Row (8-11) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Calrissian (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 7l behind Tanqeya (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.
Ninety Minutes (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 13, 8l behind Zugzwang (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Mustajjid 6-4fav (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Crowdmania (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Faure Island 9-4 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Idea (9-5) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Llyrical 12-1 (9-5) Raced wide, tracked winner, ridden and weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 17l behind Lexington Abbey (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Sakhalin Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 10, 11l behind Earthflight (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct.
Hickster (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Soon led, headed over 5f out, chased leader until inside final 3f, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 13, 39l behind Secret Pursuit (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Tubeanie (IRE) 11-4 (8-3) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, soon outpaced, stayed on again inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Raajis (9-5) at Bath 1m (4) gd in Sep.