HAWKS REEF had two runs last term, improving from a fair Redcar debut to post an excellent effort when second to Brick Tops in a decent end-of-season maiden at Doncaster. He looks a guaranteed improver with the step up to a seventh furlong also likely to suit and can take this en route to a decent life in handicap company. President Lincoln is a fascinating contender on his first run for Declan Carroll. Not seen since last summer, the former expensively-bought Aidan O'Brien inmate has a career record of 0-11 but has posted five very decent runner-up efforts in his last six runs. He'll be a danger to all if still in that form but might just need this first run since July. A bigger danger may be Three Darlings, a promising third in a fair York maiden last October. That was a pleasing start and she should be able to find a maiden sooner or later.
Mr Khan 14-1 (8-8) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, edged left 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 12l behind Trading (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr '11.
President Lincoln (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Soon chased leader in 2nd, closed under pressure and led under 1f out, soon jinked left, kept on well, headed near finish, 2nd of 11, hd behind Zabarajad (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Pursuit Of Passion Pastoral Pursuits filly out of Marisa.
Forget Me Not Lane (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in rear, never a factor, 14th of 15, 16l behind Brick Tops (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Hawks Reef 8-1 (9-3) Led, hard driven over 2f out, headed just inside final furlong, soon rallied, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Brick Tops (8-12) at Doncaster 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Jack Dexter Orientor gelding out of Glenhurich.
Windygoul Lad 25-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 8, 9l behind Hajras (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.
Gran Canaria Queen 150-1 (8-12) Dwelt, behind, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 9, 7l behind Annie Beach (8-12) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Oct.
Three Darlings (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Mickdaam (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd in Oct.