Nordic Sky made a very promising start at Yarmouth in September and landed a Pontefract maiden in good style on his belated reappearance last month. Early Applause didn't enjoy soft conditions at Haydock and is better than that while Aciano got no sort of run at Salisbury on Wednesday and the effort should be ignored. LITTLE BLACK BOOK has been caught on the line on his last two starts here and at Sandown and though 3lb higher this time is still progressing and can put matters right here. Imaginary World is still a maiden on turf but has been going very well and looks a big threat with his rider's claim an aid to his cause. Our Gal is on the upgrade and came with a very strong late burst to score over 7f at Yarmouth, while C&D winner Dunhoy is also respected.
Nordic Sky (USA) 6-5fav (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, soon every chance, stayed on to lead closing stages, all out, won at Pontefract 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul beating Eastern Breeze (8-12) by nk, 12 ran.
Taqaat (USA) 13-2 (9-3) Restless in stalls, led, strongly pressed 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 11, 6l behind Loyalty (9-9) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Early Applause 15-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders and keen, soon tracked winner, ridden and weakened over 2f out, eased over 1f out, last of 7, 21l behind Maraheb (9-5) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gs.
Dunhoy (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division on inside, ridden and beaten over 2f out, 8th of 10, 10l behind Electra Star (9-1) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Aciano (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, hampered and squeezed out over 2f out, tried to rally inside final furlong, not recover, 6th of 10, 10l behind Terdaad (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
My Son Max 6-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 10, 12l behind Lightning Cloud (9-7) at Ascot 7f Apprentice Handicap (0-85) (3yo) (4) gd in Jul.
Little Black Book (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leading trio, headway on outside 2f out, led and hung right over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, no extra and headed final 75 yards, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Electra Star (9-1) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Mutajare (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 21l behind Capaill Liath (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Roy The Boy (USA) 7-2fav (9-3) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 13l behind Red Eyes (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Adaria 18-1 (9-7) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, lost place 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 8l behind Moone's My Name (9-5) at Leicester 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Imaginary World (IRE) 22-1 (8-1) Held up towards rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd last stride, 3rd of 17, 1 3/4l behind Askaud (8-9) at Goodwood 1m 1f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jul.
Our Gal 4-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, edged right 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Yarmouth 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft in Jul beating Crystal High (8-12) by hd, 6 ran.
Yojimbo (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) Chased leader, ridden to challenge 2f out, 3rd and held when hampered over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Electra Star (9-1) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Come Here Yew (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Led, hard driven and strongly challenged over 1f out, soon headed, weakened final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Nordic Sky (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Change The Subject (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders on outer over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 11th of 13, 30l behind Mijhaar (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in May.