Both Forward March and Al Manaal were unfancied or their respective debuts and ran accordingly. Better is expected here but they have plenty to find with MIDNIGHT FLOWER. She was beaten only a short-head over 6f here on her debut and that form looks even better now as she finished ahead of a couple of subsequent winners. David Simcock's filly looks the one to beat with the remainder hard to fancy except for the newcomer Footstepsintherain, a half-brother to winning sprinter Reckless Reward and worth noting in the betting.
Footstepsintherain (IRE) Footstepsinthesand colt out of Champagne Toni.
Forward March 14-1 (9-3) Pulled hard, soon steadied to mid-division, some headway 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 10l behind Magog (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft.
Show More Faith 40-1 (9-0) Not much room and slowly into stride, mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 10, 9l behind Living The Life (8-6) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Vergality Ridge (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden 4f out, effort and hung left over 1f out, no impression after, 4th of 7, 10l behind Gigawatt (9-3) at Brighton 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft.
Al Manaal 8-1 (8-12) Soon pushed along in mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 10l behind George Cinq (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Sep.
Equinox 50-1 (9-0) Always behind, last of 7, 19l behind Jabhaat (9-0) at Beverley 7f 2yo stks (5) fm in Sep.
Exclusion (USA) 66-1 (8-12) Mid-division, effort on outside over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 23l behind Banovallum (9-3) at Folkestone 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Honey Haven (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Unseated rider on way to post and ran loose, reluctant to load in stalls, outpaced, 7th of 8, 13l behind Rebel Magic (8-6) at Bath 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gs in May.
Midnight Flower (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Dwelt, soon chasing leaders, led inside final furlong, soon ridden and ran on, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Nardin (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn fll auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Nullarbor Sky (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Always in rear, 10th of 15, 11l behind Lady Pimpernel (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gs.