Mahmood Al Zarooni has already registered a winner and Yaa Salam is fancied to go well on his reappearance as he had Silver Samba well behind at Windsor in October. DARTFORD's fitness could give him the edge here, however, and John Gosden's colt can get off the mark with the step up in trip expected to suit after finishing second over a mile at Kempton last time. Commend is worth noting on his return although Poetic Power had the stronger form last term with a third at Nottingham in November his best effort. Yarmouth runner-up Almuftarris is another to keep a close eye on as he makes his seasonal debut.
Almuftarris (USA) 9-4fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, chased leader over 2f out, ridden to lead well over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Main Sequence (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Art News (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 3f out, driven 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 22l behind Dark Stranger (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Attain 7-2 (8-5) Towards rear, headway under pressure from over 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd post, nearest finish, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Legendary (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Commend 7-2 (9-3) In touch, outpaced over 2f out, headway entering final furlong, kept on to go 4th post, 4th of 15, 8l behind Rewarded (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Dartford (USA) 5-1 (9-3) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Grey Mirage (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Poetic Power (IRE) 11-8fav (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, raced keenly, led after 1f, headed well over 1f out, faded, 7th of 13, 5l behind Shihab (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Ruscello (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Chased leading pair, hung right from over 2f out, went 2nd inside final 2f, no chance with unchallenged winner, held on for 2nd, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Mojave (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Ultimate Destiny 50-1 (8-7) Dwelt mid-division, ridden and lost place over 4f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 11, 9l behind Dark Stranger (8-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Yaa Salam 5-2fav (9-3) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Pembrey (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Silver Samba 33-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind Eurystheus (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Oct.