Mister Frosty still runs the occasional good race despite having gone 27 starts without a win and did so last time when a runner-up to Indian Violet here. New Den has been placed on his last two starts over today's distance and could figure along with Rosewood Lad, who has also been in better form of late. But such is the modest form on offer, it would be no surprise if WESTERN HOPE proves good enough on her belated debut. A half-sister to the smart Listed and Polytrack winner Saphira's Fire, Simon Dow's filly would not have to be anything special to take this.
Maccool (IRE) 28-1 (9-11) In rear, headway on outer to lead over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 25l behind Masterful Act (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Mister Frosty (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden to chase winner 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Indian Violet (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.
Pedasus (USA) 25-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, reminders before 4f out, one pace from over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 13l behind Rustic Deacon (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Zafranagar (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Went left and steadied start, held up in last pair, ridden and struggling 4f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 16l behind Dynamic Drive (9-8) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct.
Mr Muddle 100-1 (9-0) Towards rear, well beaten over 2f out, 12th of 13, 21l behind Nurture (8-12) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May.
New Den 3-1 (9-3) Led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and under pressure over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Gearbox (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol.
Rosewood Lad 5-1 (8-2) Mid-division, headway and effort over 2f out, soon ridden, went 2nd 1f out, kept on final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Dalhaan (9-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Gabrielle Da Vinci 40-1 (9-2) Slowly away, held up towards rear and keen, headway 2f out, kept on and edged left from 1f out, one pace, 4th of 9, 5l behind Gearbox (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol.
Western Hope (IRE) High Chaparral filly out of All Our Hope.