Dark Emerald returned a 12/1 winner on his reappearance at Yarmouth and attempts this longer trip for the first time. THEODORE GERICAULT makes more appeal as he had no problem with today's distance at Pontefract when overcoming trouble in-running and ending up a cosy winner. A hat-trick looks on the cards for Sir Michael Stoute's charge as he should have too much for the top weight. October's maiden winner Mutashaded has plenty of scope for improvement on his return but Salisbury winner The Gatling Boy finished tailed off on his comeback, albeit in better company than this. The remainder are harder to fancy and overlooked.
Dark Emerald (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Made virtually all, ridden over 2f out, soon pressed, held on well, won at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr beating Yourartisonfire (8-13) by nk, 7 ran.
Theodore Gericault (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, not much room over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Gioia Di Vita (9-2) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
The Gatling Boy (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 15, 22l behind Windhoek (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo aut stk (2) gf in Apr.
Canadian Run (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and edged left over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 13l behind Mirsaale (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo stk (2) gd in Apr.
Mutashaded (USA) 9-4 (9-3) Slowly away in touch in rear, headway 2f out, led approaching final furlong, pushed out, comfortably, won at Yarmouth 1m 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct beating High Troja (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Noble Bull (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Took keen hold early, tracked leader 2f, handy 3rd, pushed along over 2f out, lost 3rd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 10l behind Dali's Lover (8-8) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Rouge Nuage (IRE) 9-2 (8-9) Tracked leading trio, pushed along 3f out, stayed on to 3rd and stumbled over 1f out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Ray Ward (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-75 (5) gd.