NOVA CHAMP is easily the best of those with racecourse experience. He blew another chance at Kempton last week but, given neither Belle Peinture nor Female Strategy showed much on their respective debuts, Stuart Williams' charge may finally get his head in front. One of the newcomers could prove a bigger threat and any strong support in the betting for either Golden Steps or Libra Romana may prove significant.
Chatsworth Express 33-1 (9-0) Chased winner, ridden edged left and and no impression over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 11l behind Orange Grove (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Frankthetank (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders over 3f, soon lost place, last of 8, 24l behind An Chulainn (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Golden Steps (FR) Footstepsinthesand colt out of Kocooning.
Nova Champ (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Led, ridden inside final furlong, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Glorious Empire (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Belle Peinture (FR) 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, never on terms, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 18l behind Euro Charline (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Female Strategy (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, behind, switched right and and headway over 2f out, soon no impression, 10th of 12, 27l behind Lady Tyne (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (4) hvy in Oct.
Libra Romana (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor filly out of Sliding Scale.
Rio Ranger (IRE) Bushranger filly out of Desert D'argent.