Bapak Muda started favourite for a Catterick maiden last month but never looked like winning, though the winner has scored again since. Mandeville was an easy winner at Chester in August but hasn't been seen since. Last year's course and distance winner Grandorio returns from a similar break off an 8lb higher mark but Iggy won a Wolverhampton maiden in January and is bred to stay this trip. ERSAAL is still a maiden but showed promise in all three starts as a juvenile and may have been let in lightly here. Roger Varian's colt can open his account now.
Mandeville (IRE) 2-1fav (8-8) Tracked leader, outpaced halfway, led over 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong, redily, won at Chester 7f 2yo mdn aut (4) gd in Aug beating White Coppice (9-1) by 5l, 9 ran.
Grandorio (IRE) 15-8fav (8-11) Led, ridden over 1f out, carried left and headed entering final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Titus Titan (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Grey Street 8-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 11l behind Delores Rocket (8-8) at Pontefract 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Oct.
Ersaal 9-2 (9-3) Took keen hold, led 1f, remained prominent, effort well over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Contributer (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Iggy 3-1 (8-10) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jan beating Sewn Up (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Rex Whistler (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, not much room over 2f out, shaken up and headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, never near to challenge, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Big Johnny D (10-0) at Newcastle 7f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Corton Lad 13-8fav (8-13) Raced wide in touch, headway to track leader over 6f out, led over 3f out, joined 2f out, driven and ran on gamely inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec beating Sewn Up (9-7) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Bapak Muda (USA) 7-4fav (9-2) Chased leaders in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Hit The Lights (9-2) at Catterick 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.