With his main rivals all making their seasonal debuts, KINGSGATE CHOICE may come out best in this. Last year's Catterick Dash winner went close to following up when finding only the higher-rated Tangerine Trees too good in a conditions race at Musselburgh last month and gets the nod. Heeraat landed a double at York last season and may end up a Group class sprinter this year and Compton is another four-year-old of interest reverting to sprinting for new trainer Robert Cowell. A Group 3 winner at the Curragh last June, Definightly hasn't raced in a handicap for some time and is not easily overlooked while Taajub is another to consider on his length-defeat in a Group 3 race over track and trip in September.
Definightly 20-1 (9-10) 15th of 18, 11l behind Wizz Kid (9-7) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Confessional 10-1 (9-5) Raced centre, took keen hold tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, no extra, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Jack Dexter (9-5) at Doncaster 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Mar.
Heeraat (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Tracked leader, led 4f out, ridden 2f out, edged right over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, not much room briefly inside final 100 yards, no extra, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Regal Parade (9-3) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Kingsgate Choice (IRE) 9-4fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, headway 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Tangerine Trees (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f cond Stakes (2) gs in Mar.
Taajub (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up, hung left throughtout, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 7l behind Ladies Are Forever (8-12) at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Mirza 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders far side, ridden over 3f out, well beaten 1f out, 19th of 21, 22l behind Jack Dexter (9-1) at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Compton 12-1 (8-13) Raced far side, led, headed that side inside final furlong, dropped to 4th last strides, 4th of 26, 3/4l behind Jack Dexter (8-13) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-100) (3yo+) (2) sft in Oct.
Pearl Blue (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Held up, switched right over 1f out, headway inside final furlong, led final 75 yards, ran on, won at York 5f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct beating Captain Dunne (9-7) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
El Viento (FR) 17-2 (9-4) Outpaced after 2f, ridden halfway, ran on towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Gladiatrix (8-3) at Southwell 5f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.