ELHAAME was only beaten a nose in a Haydock maiden in September and, though it will probably be a few weeks before Luca Cumani's stable fully hits its stride, his Acclamation gelding will probably be good enough here. Stepping Ahead was beaten just half-a-length in a maiden auction on the Polytrack in November on his racecourse debut and looks the danger unless there is any significant money for newcomers Magic Lando or No Win No Fee as Switch On is likely to be suited by further in time.
Elhaame (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Stumbled start and slow into stride, towards rear, headway on outer entering final 2f, led inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 14, ns behind Romantic Settings (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Hello Sailor 8-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 11, 7l behind Smileswithhiseyes (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Inigo Montoya 100-1 (9-5) Pressed winner until over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 49l behind Incorporate (9-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar.
Magic Lando (FR) Lando colt out of Blackberry Pie.
No Win No Fee Firebreak gelding out of Milliscent.
Star Of Namibia (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 8th of 10, 10l behind Zeus Magic (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Stepping Ahead (FR) 7-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, led after 1f, hard pressed over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Paddy's Saltantes (8-10) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Switch On Oasis Dream colt out of Noodle Soup.