Elysian Prince tries his luck in handicap company for the first time after easily winning a maiden auction event over course and distance in September. But he races off the same mark as ART WAVE, successful in a Wolverhampton maiden before finding the competition too hot in a better race at Kempton last time. Marco Botti's youngster is preferred and should also get the better of Castle Combe, who is steadily improving but still needs more. Dry Your Eyes started favourite at Hamilton last time but only finished fourth and is just a pound lower. Bognor is unexposed but Habdab still makes more appeal.
Elysian Prince 7-4fav (9-1) Tracked leader, led 2f out, clear 1f out, comfortable, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep beating Black Label (9-1) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Art Wave (IRE) 5-1 (8-6) Tracked leader until ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 4l behind Extra Noble (9-0) at Kempton 1m (3) pol in Oct.
Castle Combe (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Soon led, raced freely, hard ridden over 1f out, headed inside final fulong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Beach Bar (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Habdab 25-1 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and some headway over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 8th of 16, 17l behind Ahoy There (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Bognor (USA) 7-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 1f out, chased winner last 100 yards until lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Sweet P (8-8) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Dry Your Eyes (IRE) 9-4fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Milly's Secret (9-7) at Hamilton 6f 2yo auc hcp (5) gd in Sep.