Super Collider sets the standard but proved expensive to follow last season so it may be worth taking a chance with either DIRECT ANSWER or Eavesdropper on debut. The suggestion is the Sir Michael Stoute trained runner who is related to a number of winners and wouldn't need to be out of the ordinary to open his account at the first time of asking. Eavesdropper is the second foal of a smart dam and his half-brother developed into a useful performer so it will be interesting to see how the two newcomers fare in the market with neither boasting any lofty entries at this stage. Super Collider was beaten at short prices twice last season but showed a decent level of form and he's entitled to find some improvement for this step up in trip. Destiny Blue showed ability behind Rumoush in November and there should be more to come from Whitby Jack and Dynamic Drive in the fullness of time but we'll take a chance with Direct Answer.
Baltic Ben (USA) 20-1 (8-10) Held up, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 12, 24l behind Soul Station (8-11) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn aut (5) sft in Oct.
Destiny Blue (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden to go 4th 1f out, kept on, 4th of 12, 7l behind Rumoush (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Direct Answer (USA) Dynaformer colt out of Proud Fact.
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on, not pace to challenge, 5th of 14, 2l behind Heddwyn (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Eavesdropper Singspiel colt out of Echoes In Eternity.
Green Energy 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always behind, tailed off, last of 15, 48l behind Rasmy (9-3) at Bath 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Super Collider 5-4fav (9-0) Led, headed 2f out, soon ridden, one pace and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Graymalkin (9-0) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Whitby Jack 100-1 (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, ridden 3f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Sunny Game (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.