RAWAAFED was stepped up to 1m4f here on his first start for Keith Dalgleish. He faded badly in the final furlong and was beaten a long way in third but had finished a lot closer over track and trip last season and Richard Hughes presence suggests much better is expected today. Bishop's Castle makes his debut for new connections and has every chance on his form in maidens for Mark Johnston and the latter runs World Map in this. She needs to improve, as does Speed Boogie, but it would be no surprise if both finished ahead of Nonaynever, Silver Panther and Argaki.
Bishop's Castle (USA) 8-11fav (9-3) Led, pushed along over 3f out, driven 2f out, headed 1f out, chased leader until no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Embankment (9-3) at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) sft in Oct.
Nonaynever 10-1 (9-3) Held up until headway to track leader after 2f, driven over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Heatherbird (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov '11.
Rawaafed (IRE) 7-4 (9-2) Steadied start, tracked winner, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace final 2f, 3rd of 4, 13l behind Wordiness (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Silver Panther 200-1 (9-6) Soon pushed along in rear, reminders 4f out, never any chance with leaders, last of 4, 26l behind Charlcot (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (4-6yo) (6) pol in Jan.
Argaki (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 15, 9l behind So Beloved (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Speed Boogie 8-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, outpaced on outside 4f out, lost place over 3f out, behind final 2f, 7th of 9, 14l behind Debdebdeb (8-4) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
World Map (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) In touch on outside, outpaced over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 8th of 11, 4l behind Botteen (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.