Not the strongest maiden to open this evening's action at Dunstall Park and a good opportunity for TEJIME to score at the first time of asking ahead of Light Sleeper and Simla Sunset. John Gosden's son of Royal Applause has evidently had his problems but connections perseverance can be rewarded here over what should prove to be an ideal 7f test. Nicky Mackay takes the ride aboard the well-drawn gelding and provided the Newmarket maestro has his horse ready to go he can show this modest bunch the way home before taking a step up in class and distance in due course. Light Sleeper represents Peter Chapple-Hyam and is less exposed than most here having only his third racecourse outing and the Kyllachy colt should appreciate stepping back from a mile today. He has shown promise on both outings without looking out of the ordinary and a maiden should come his way in time but today's draw in stall 10 isn't ideal and that may prove too big a barrier to cross here. Simla Sunset is arguably the horse with the best racecourse form and has shown that he acts on the surface having run second in a course and distance handicap last time. That effort was off a mark of 67 though which shouldn't be enough to pose problems to the better fancied runners with a return to handicap company perhaps to prove the best way of getting Jeremy Gask's horse off the mark. Interchoice Star goes well here but his BHA rating of 48 tells its own tale whilst Hold The Star failed only by a short head on her only try over course and distance but is looking exposed as moderate. All in all the standard set by those with form is decidedly average and that should allow Tejime to land the first.
Billy Cadiz 125-1 (8-6) Soon into stride, always behind, last of 14, 20l behind Mujaadel (9-5) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Charlie Allnut 15-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and no impression final 2f, 8th of 14, 14l behind Splash The Cash (9-4) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in Apr.
Interchoice Star 20-1 (9-3) Held up, headway on inner to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Oriental Cavalier (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
Proud Linus (USA) 100-1 (8-10) Raced stand's side, slowly into stride, pulled hard in rear, struggling halfway, tailed off and virtually pulled up final furlong, last of 28, well behind Fifteen Love (8-10) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun '08.
Quiet Mountain (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Slowly away, held up towards rear, effort 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 8, 21l behind Miss Glitters (9-7) at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Apr.
Light Sleeper 4-1 (9-2) Slightly bumped start, held up in touch, improved 3f out, not quicken 1f out, one pace, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Royal Destination (9-12) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Jun.
Old Firm 200-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always behind, 10th of 11, 19l behind Half A Crown (9-4) at Newcastle 5f mdn stks (5) gs in Sep.
Tejime Royal Applause gelding out of Pizzicato.
Wacato King (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Never a factor, last of 13, 17l behind Jonny Mudball (9-3) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Hold The Star 40-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, pushed along in rear, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 17l behind Cape Quarter (9-3) at Southwell 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) fbs.
Miskin Spirit 66-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, 17l behind La De Two (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol.
Simla Sunset (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Raced wide, held up, ridden, headway approaching final furlong, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Black Dahlia (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.