HARTNELL is hard to oppose in this. He's a street clear on official ratings and both wins came in soft ground. The only question mark is whether he'll stay this longer trip but his breeding suggests it will be no problem. Montaly looks the biggest danger after winning his maiden in testing going at Nottingham last month, though even he has 18lb to find with the selection. The remainder are hard to fancy unless Automated is much better over today's distance than he showed over 7f at Ayr on his debut.
Automated 14-1 (9-5) Pushed along towards rear, effort over 3f out, kept on well final furlong, 6th of 13, 7l behind Lincoln (9-5) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep.
Hartnell 4-1fav (9-7) Made all center, led overall over 4f out, kept on strongly, won at Doncaster 1m 2yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Oct beating Our Gabrial (8-7) by 4l, 10 ran.
Montaly 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, led final stride, won at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct beating Istikshaf (9-5) by nk, 12 ran.
Plucky Dip 66-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, well behind Island Remede (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct.
Samtu (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Slowly into stride, ran in snatches, soon in touch on inside, pushed along over 4f out, driven along in 4th and stayed on same pace final 2f, went 3rd inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Aristocracy (8-12) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-75 2yo (5) gf in Sep.