Choisan was fourth in a decent maiden at Doncaster on Friday and continues to run well. But, after nine starts, it's difficult to believe he won't find at least one of today's rivals more progressive. Sparkling Portrait is an interesting newcomer while Golden Halo was only beaten a head at Roscommon last month. Clon Brulee and Star Date are both open to improvement but BROCKWELL caught the eye in a better race at York on debut. Today's extra furlong is very much in his favour and he should prove hard to beat.
Brockwell 15-2 (9-3) Dwelt, behind, headway over 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 11, 5l behind Mickdaam (9-3) at York 7f 2yo mdn (3) gd.
Choisan (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Chased leader, stayed on to chase winner approaching final furlong, no impression and weakened to 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 16, 5l behind Gregorian (9-3) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Clon Brulee (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong to take 4th, 4th of 14, 9l behind Al Saham (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Golden Halo (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, 2nd over 2f out, ridden to challenge final furlong, kept on under pressure and every chance, no extra close home, 2nd of 13, hd behind Foot Soldier (9-0) at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn sft in Sep.
Sparkling Portrait Excellent Art colt out of Time Crystal.
Star Date (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, switched right start, held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, hung right from over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 11, 7l behind Mojave (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd.
Lost Highway (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway and switched right over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten, 6th of 11, 9l behind Mojave (9-3) at Leicester 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd.
No Time To Cry 14-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened approaching final 2f, 5th of 7, 13l behind Willie Wag Tail (9-3) at Redcar 1m 2yo mdn aut (6) sft.