Mbhali's best effort so far was a head defeat over 1m2f here with New Tarabela six lengths behind. The former also makes more appeal than Wildes stepping up in trip, but PATRONELLA may prove more troublesome. David Simcock's High Chaparral filly made a modest debut over a mile at Wolverhampton but middle-distances should see her in a much better light and she gets the vote. Archiebeau is bred to stay and is worth noting along with fellow newcomer and 100,000gns purchase Belfilo.
Archiebeau Archipenko gelding out of Si Belle.
Belfilo (IRE) Teofilo gelding out of Belsay.
Mbhali (IRE) 7-4 (9-5) Pressed leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden to lead approaching final 2f, headed 1f out, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Sloane Avenue (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
New Tarabela 14-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, some late headway, never nearer, 5th of 8, 7l behind Hill Fort (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Storm Of Choice 100-1 (8-9) Outpaced in rear, never a factor, 13th of 14, 30l behind Trip To Paris (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jul.
Wildes (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and behind over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 5th of 8, 9l behind Captain Morley (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Lena Player (SWE) 100-1 (8-13) Dwelt, green and outpaced in rear, detatched before halfway, moderate 5th, last of 5, well behind Divine (8-13) at Kempton 6f mdn fll (5) pol.
Patronella 4-1 (8-5) Slowly away, started racing keenly over 6f out, headway and in touch over 5f out, edged left and one pace over 1f out, 5th of 7, 5l behind Nellie The Elegant (8-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol.