A tricky affair despite the small field but there's plenty of pace on show which could play into the hands of STASIO. The 280,000gns colt found the favourite just too good on his debut at Kempton but will have benefited for the experience and William Buick keeps the partnership intact. Both Bapak Sayang and Teophilip made most of the running when winning their respective maidens over shorter trips while Fat Gary was only headed inside the final furlong at Doncaster last month. Hughie Morrison could have found an easier opportunity for the newcomer Secret Talent and the latter is worth a second glance in the betting.
Bapak Sayang (USA) 50-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden 2f out, found extra when pressed inside final furlong, won at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Huntsmans Close (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Fat Gary 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, every chance over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Ronaldinho (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct.
Teophilip (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Led over 5f out, clear over 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Yarmouth 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct beating Charter (9-3) by 6l, 7 ran.
Secret Talent Sakhee's Secret gelding out of Aqaba.
Stasio (USA) 6-1 (9-3) Broke well, soon steadied and raced freely tracking leader driven to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Greatwood (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.