Several have travelled up from Newmarket for this maiden and the southern raiders are expected to dominate. Tacitus ran green on the Polytrack in November but still managed to make the frame and there should be more to come this year. Sayed Youmzain has shown some ability while the step up in distance should suit Alphabetique. Taqneen cost £240,000 and is closely related to several useful performers. He isn't highly tried on debut but this trip should bring out the best in SHAMA'S SONG and Sir Michael Stoute's filly is expected to leave an ordinary debut at Lingfield well behind this season.
Captain Rhyric 33-1 (9-11) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden over 1f out, soon beaten, last of 3, 21l behind Mahican (9-5) at Hamilton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Ballyhurst (IRE) High Chaparral gelding out of Billet.
Im Dapper Too 66-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, always towards rear and never a factor, last of 13, 34l behind Yenhaab (9-5) at Ripon 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
Sayed Youmzain 8-1 (9-5) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Eagle Top (9-5) at Newbury 1m 3f 3yo mdn (4) gd.
Tacticus (USA) 6-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, headway to track winner over 6f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Hooded (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Taqneen (IRE) Cape Cross colt out of Badee'a.
Alphabetique 20-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 3l behind Saltwater Creek (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol.
Miss Tree Literato filly out of Tunguska.
Shama's Song (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, pushed along and kept on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Muteela (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.