A good quality maiden with OTTOMAN EMPIRE and Alhaque the form picks but there are a number of promising types in opposition. If Native Ruler goes close in the Dante on Wednesday then Ottoman Empire could be sent off at a short price as he made the Cecil Derby hope work fairly hard to land his maiden at Beverley. Alhaque has been burdened with a tall reputation that he has yet to live up to although he has had the misfortune to bump into some fair sorts during his career and may yet find a race or two with this drop back in trip seemingly in his favour judged on recent evidence. Flame Of Gibraltar is an expensive purchase from a very smart family, she has a Ribblesdale entry and is a fascinating contender although stablemate Gripsholm Castle wasn't exactly cheap at 260,000 euros and is the firs foal of a smart American mare. Xtra Special represents a top yard, Twisted made a promising debut behind a stablemate in a maiden that has worked out well whilst Golden Rock and Mared both did enough on debut to think that they'll be winning races. They've a deal of improvement to make if it's to be this one though and we'll stick with the form pick, Ottoman Empire.
Alhaque (USA) 15-8fav (8-8) Led, ridden 2f out, headed, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Lively Fling (8-7) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Danse On Wood Dansili colt out of Woodwin.
Golden Rock (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and one pace final 2f, 5th of 13, 8l behind Sopranist (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Apr.
Mared (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Started slowly, soon mid-division, kept on steadily from over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Rainbow Peak (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo mdn stks (4) pol.
Ottoman Empire (FR) 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leading pair, ridden over 3f out, driven to chase winner final 2f, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Native Ruler (9-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Twisted 12-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride in rear, pushed along and headway approaching final furlong, kept on, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 6l behind Nehaam (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Flame Of Gibraltar (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar filly out of Spirit Of Tara.
Gripsholm Castle (USA) Dynaformer filly out of Randaroo.
Xtra Special Xaar filly out of Misleading Lady.