LATE SHIPMENT is likely to make a much better three-year-old and has to be monitored in the betting on his handicap debut. He has more scope than Duly Acclaimed, who got off the mark in an apprentices' race over 1m2f here in February and can race off the same mark. Blue Oyster looks a bigger danger as Philip McBride's filly was clear of the remainder when runner-up to the odds-on Piton over 1m3f at Kempton, though the selection's trainer should know where he stands with the top weight.
Late Shipment 20-1 (9-5) Held up in touch on inside, driven 3f out, ridden and behind 2f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Personal Opinion (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Blue Oyster 10-1 (9-7) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Piton (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Duly Acclaimed (IRE) 11-4 (9-2) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, led near finish, won at Lingfield 1m 2f (6) pol in Feb beating Shannon Haven (9-8) by ns, 4 ran.
Beastfromtheeast 2-1fav (8-11) In touch in 4th, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside ifnal furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Jarlath (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Flying Author (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Led, ridden 5f out, headed entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 6, 19l behind From Frost (8-5) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Mar.