New Tarabela did make steady if unspectacular progress on the all-weather during the winter but now faces a difficult task to break his maiden for James Tate. He obviously enjoys a fitness edge over the once-raced ALEX MY BOY but the latter, a son of Dalakhani, is much preferred as he seems sure to really come into his own this season if his pedigree is any thing to go by. Mark Johnston's colt showed plenty of promise on his sole juvenile outing when runner-up to the potentially useful Gothic at Leicester and is expected to prove too classy. It is worth noting that Alan Swinbank often does very nicely with bumper horses switched to the Flat and Molly Cat, a winner at Wetherby in January and not disgraced in better grade since, could well be an interesting contender.
Haames (IRE) Kheleyf gelding out of Jumilla.
Classic Orange 100-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, weakened from 5th, last of 10, well behind Kitchapoly (11-12) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Molly Cat 5-1fav (10-8) Led narrowly, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 20, 13l behind Avispa (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat lst (1) gs.
Alex My Boy (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked winner, pushed along when pressed for 2nd over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Gothic (9-5) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
New Tarabela 15-8 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place over 8f out, headway to track leaders over 5f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed narrowly over 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Galizzi (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol.
Petite Madame (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Always in rear, reminders 6f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Dullingham (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.