Rough Courte comes out best of those allocated a handicap mark though her form is nothing special and stablemate Needless Shouting is not far behind at the weights. Better is expected from Ice Falcon and Lifejacket this term but one of the newcomers may prove good enough. Affair De Coeur is bred for middle-distances, but DER MEISTER is a half-brother to five winners including a Grade Three winner in North America and gets a tentative vote.
Der Meister (IRE) Mastercraftsman gelding out of Agnetha.
Affaire De Coeur Dalakhani filly out of Divergence.
Ice Falcon (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace, no impression, 5th of 8, 19l behind Toast Of New York (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.
Lifejacket (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway on outer halfway, pushed along over 1f out, kept on final furlong, never a factor, 4th of 11, 10l behind Black Schnapps (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Needless Shouting (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Desert Colours (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Rough Courte (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Taken to post early, in touch in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Cornborough (9-2) at Redcar 7f 3yo mdn aut (5) gs.
L Ge R 3-1 (8-4) Went right start, tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, last of 5, 4l behind Isabella Beeton (8-1) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Musical Theme 33-1 (9-0) Last pair, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, no chance after but plugged on for hand riding inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 8l behind Bishop Of Ruscombe (9-5) at Kempton 1m 2f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Mar.