One More Roman was engaged to run at Folkestone yesterday but was beaten a long way by Umph at Kempton earlier. The latter showed a big improvement for first-time blinkers but is 8lb higher today and the less-exposed Johnny Cavagin makes more appeal having beaten the re-opposing Emma Jean a neck over C&D three weeks ago. TITUS BOLT never threatened in maiden company last season but his sixth at Newmarket in October was still decent form in the context of this race and he gets a tentative vote on his reappearance ahead of fellow handicap debutant Kylin.
Kylin 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 15, 30l behind Shirocco Star (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (4) gf in Oct.
Umph (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Made all, clear over 4f out, ran on well, unchallenged, won at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar beating Parque Atlantico (8-7) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Dwelt soon prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Muaamara (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct.
One More Roman (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and edged right over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 8l behind Umph (8-13) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Orwellian 7-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 17l behind Minstrels Gallery (8-12) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Mar.
Johnny Cavagin 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar beating Emma Jean (8-12) by nk, 11 ran.
Prince Gabrial (IRE) 17-2 (9-0) Chase dleaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 6l behind Russian Bullet (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar.
Love Grows Wild (USA) 33-1 (8-8) Outpaced, last of 11, 17l behind Bayleyf (8-11) at Epsom Downs 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gs in Jul.
Dylan's Dream (IRE) 18-1 (8-2) Led until over 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and one pace over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Daddy Warbucks (8-7) at Redcar 7f 2yo clm (6) sft in Oct.
Wrapped Up 12-1 (8-8) 8th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Souslecieldeparis (8-11) at Deauville Midi(FR) 6f 2yo clm stks in Dec.
Mick Slates (IRE) 6-1fav (8-9) Awkward leaving stalls, behind, headway over 1f out, not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, kept on, no threat, 7th of 14, 8l behind Our Phylli Vera (9-2) at Warwick 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft.
Emma Jean (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway when not clear run and bumped over 1f out, ran on, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Johnny Cavagin (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Mar.