PROVIDENT SPIRIT was clear of the third when runner-up at Doncaster on his recent racecourse debut. That's the best form on offer and normal progress can see him off the mark for a yard rattling in the winners. Knockroon showed a big improvement on the Polytrack last time while Speculative Bid ran a couple of promising races early last term and has since joined a new yard. The latter is preferred to Master Of Suspense and Ganges while the Dante Stakes and Derby entry Emirati Spirit makes more appeal than stablemate Dynamic Vision of the newcomers.
Between Wickets Compton Place colt out of Intermission.
Dynamic Vision (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Mazaaya.
Emirati Spirit New Approach colt out of Dance Lively.
Ganges (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Hampered start, last pair, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no threat, 5th of 10, 8l behind Kafeel (9-5) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Knockroon 9-2 (8-13) Pulled hard led, headed over 5f out, led again over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Crystal Lake (8-13) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (4) pol in Mar.
Master Of Suspense 9-4 (9-5) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, one pace and no impression on leaders, 4th of 11, 9l behind Scrutiny (9-5) at Newbury 6f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Provident Spirit 4-1 (9-5) Dwelt, in touch, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept and always held, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind That Is The Spirit (9-5) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar.
Speculative Bid (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Mid-division, pushed along and effort over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Jallota (9-5) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.
Zilber (GER) 12-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 14, 10l behind End of Line (9-5) at Doncaster 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.