FORT BASTION chased home 1000 Guineas favourite Maybe in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last June and all of his subsequent runs came in pattern company. He didn't manage to win but was runner-up in the Acomb Stakes at York in August and is impossible to oppose in this maiden. Captain Kendall was second on his reappearance at Bath but beaten a long way and more interesting are newcomers Oceana Dreamer and Zhiggy's Stardust. Choice Words looks the pick of the older horses and also has place claims.
Choice Words (USA) 16-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 10l behind Glen Moss (8-13) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Petrarchan 20-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, no headway, 9th of 10, 13l behind Jamhara (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Temple Road (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, pulled hard, not clear run and headway over 2f out, ridden and hung right over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Jamhara (8-12) at Wolverhampton 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Top Design 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up in touch, took keen hold, weakened 2f out, 8th of 10, 15l behind Outsmart (9-0) at Chepstow 7f mdn auc stks (6) gs in Jun.
Smarty Time 25-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and outpaced on outside 2f out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 19l behind Expense Claim (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr.
Captain Kendall (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, under pressure halfway, stayed on well to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Lethal Force (9-0) at Bath 6f mdn auc stks (5) gs in Apr.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) last of 7, 3 1/2l behind Dabirsim (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct.
Infinite Jest 11-1 (9-3) Raced wide green in rear, some late headway, 7th of 11, 26l behind Rassam (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Oceana Dreamer (IRE) Oasis Dream colt out of Arbella.
Zhiggy's Stardust Zafeen gelding out of Lady Natilda.