KING'S SALUTE is fancied to follow-up his maiden success at the main expense of Wicked Daze and Evident Pride. Mark Johnston's three year-old scored on debut for this yard having had just the one run for Andre Fabre and there was plenty to like about the performance and this well bred colt promises to make up into a fair sort. Wicked Daze has a remarkably good record on artificial surfaces, including at this venue, and he's not too badly treated on the pick of his form with his able jockey's claim a help. Coeur De Lionne is not without claims on the pick of his efforts and it's interesting that Fallon rides Evident Pride as he has ridden plenty of horses for Ed Dunlop. Brett Johnson's charge has had his confidence boosted by a recent claiming success and is on a decent mark. Chookie Hamilton has done his recent winning at Wolverhampton and is opposable from his revised mark whilst Basalt could find that this test is on the short side but conditions should be ideal for King's Salute.
Wicked Daze (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, hung right final furlong, just held on (disqualified and placed 2nd), in a race won by Clear Reef (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol, 8 ran.
Coeur de Lionne (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Bab Al Salam (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol.
Conquisto 50-1 (8-1) Held up, headway over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 7th of 23, 11l behind Charm School (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft.
Evident Pride (USA) 14-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Mister New York (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct.
Chookie Hamilton 8-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Follow The Flag (8-12) by ns, 10 ran.
Basalt (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Murcar (9-6) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct.
King's Salute (USA) Evensfav (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on strongly, driven out, won at Kempton 1m 3f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Shubbaan (9-9) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.