Hefner has had plenty of chances but does have form over the C&D and was taking on much stronger opposition at Newmarket last time. It would be no surprise if he finally came good but Roger Varian's Shirocco colt SPORTING GOLD cost 130,000gns as a yearling and is a half-brother to four winners. Connections will be disappointed if he can't hold his own at a higher level in future and he's taken to make a winning debut. Handsome Ransom caught the eye on his only start at Yarmouth in the autumn and should be winning soon, while Edraaq and Elmora are open to improvement this year and also worth noting in a competitive-looking maiden.
Edraaq 20-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, some headway 2f out, never in contention, 9th of 14, 14l behind Bonfire (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Handsome Ransom 5-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Main Sequence (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Hefner (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, close up, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 8, 9l behind Main Sequence (9-6) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Play Tiger (FR) 16-1 (9-3) Always in rear, last of 9, 24l behind Last Shadow (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (6) sft in Apr.
Sporting Gold (IRE) Shirocco colt out of Pink Stone.
Thecornishcockney 20-1 (9-3) Ponied to start, went left start, soon chasing leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 15, 23l behind Opinion (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Broadway Babe (IRE) Big Bad Bob filly out of Lady Sharp Shot.
Elmora 14-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden entering final furlong, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Chelsea Mick (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.