HIGHLAND PARK, a full brother to Leocorno and a half-brother to Tartan Bearer and Golan, can find enough improvement to reverse Pontefract form with Weathervane and take this race. It's perhaps significant that all three of those illustrious siblings won their second starts and while we'd have preferred to see Highland Park racing over 1m4f, it was perhaps inexperience rather than a lack of pace that saw him off the bridle at an early stage on his debut, when Weathervane finished a place ahead of him. John Gosden's filly is beginning to look exposed and a BHA rating of 77 leaves her with improving to do, so Henry Cecil's 80-rated Protaras may be a bigger threat. He's not been seen since taking a head second at Windsor in the spring but that effort does set the standard. Of the rest, Arabian History makes most appeal ahead of his debut and a market check is advised.
Arabian History (USA) Kingmambo colt out of Weekend In Seattle.
Cape Dutch (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Very slowly away, outpaced, 10th of 11, 23l behind Sour Mash (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Eurasian 40-1 (9-3) Soon lost place on inside and towards rear, struggling when unbalanced on downhill run over 4f out, eased when no chance over 1f out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 29l behind Rock My World (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf in Sep.
Fourlanends 28-1 (8-13) In touch, riden and no impression final 2f, 8th of 14, 16l behind Dance For Julie (8-3) at Thirsk 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) sft in Sep '09.
Highland Park (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, effort well over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Dark Promise (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Local Hero (GER) 17-2 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Jehu (9-3) at Thirsk 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun '09.
Pekan Star 16-1 (9-0) Raced centre, held up, headway over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 9l behind Treble Jig (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug '09.
Protaras (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon challenging, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, caught near finish, 2nd of 14, hd behind Heddwyn (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Raghdaan 50-1 (8-8) Soon chased winner, closed to challenge 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind State Visit (8-4) at Salisbury 1m 2f clm stks (5) sft in Sep.
Stardust Dancer 22-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 9th of 13, 16l behind Titivation (8-12) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Sulliman Sulamani gelding out of Norcroft Joy.
Tax Break Motivator colt out of Mystic Lure.
Weathervane 9-1 (9-3) Raced in rear, headway over 2f out, soon driven to challenge, chased winner inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Dark Promise (8-12) at Pontefract 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Sep.
Justazippy 66-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, not clear run and switched left over 2f out, no impression, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 13l behind Wulfrida (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Miss Kingwood 12-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway from 4f out, ran on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Wulfrida (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Room For A View 12-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along and no headway over 3f out, stayed on from over 1f out, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 8l behind Titivation (8-12) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.