LEXINGTON BAY has a very obvious chance on the figures and should take the beating unless Honest Deal proves capable of causing problems on his racecourse bow. Richard Fahey's runner finished down the field in the Chesham on his second start and was then off the track until last month when reappearing over course and distance. His second there was a perfectly respectable performance and marks him down as the one to beat returned to this venue. Honest Deal is the first foal of a 7 furlong polytrack winner and represents respected connections whilst Dictate shaped well at this track last time and may appreciate this longer trip.
Dictate 7-2fav (9-3) Slowly into stride, headway to mid-division halfway, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Brown Panther (8-9) at Southwell 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Honest Deal Trade Fair gelding out of Sincerely.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Ridden to track leader, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Crimson China (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Windsor Knights 25-1 (8-1) Slowly into stride, soon driven to chase leaders, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, last of 8, 24l behind Flag Officer (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2yo hcp (2) pol in Oct.
Entrance 8-1 (9-2) Dwelt, held up towards rear, headway on inside over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind Classic Voice (8-6) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Rath Maeve 100-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, chance over 1f out, driven and stayed on to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Podgies Boy (8-11) at Southwell 1m 2yo sell stks (6) fbs.