Huntsmans Close made a promising debut on soft ground here and has bumped into some decent performers subsequently, though all on fast going. Whether he'll handle today's conditions is another matter, a remark that also applies to Bold Prediction, who was well beaten the only time he raced on soft ground. MAID A MILLION needed her debut run at Thirsk and produced a much improved effort on soft going at Goodwood where she was the only one to make a race of it with Don Marco. The remainder were well beaten and her allowance can see her home in front. Cape Of Hope won't mind the going and looks best of the remainder.
Bold Prediction (IRE) Evensfav (9-3) Chased leaders, not much room and lost place after 1f, ridden to improve over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Exotic Isle (8-12) at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Cape of Hope (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Mission Approved (9-0) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft.
First Sargeant Dutch Art colt out of Princess Raya.
Huntsmans Close 10-3fav (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Van Der Neer (9-3) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Raven's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Always towards rear, ridden halfway, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 14l behind Tamayuz Star (8-11) at Newmarket 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Sep.
Maid A Million 10-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, took keen hold in rear of mid-division, headway halfway, chased leaders over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon went 2nd, no impression inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Don Marco (9-3) at Goodwood 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) sft.
Soubrette 40-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, mid-division, weakened over 2f out, last of 12, 28l behind Alta Lilea (9-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo stks (4) gs.