Gabrial The Thug finished second to stablemate Gabrial's Kaka at Chester on his debut and Esteaming stayed on for the runners-spot over a longer trip at Bath last month. Both could figure but the vote goes to SOVIET ROCK. He improved to finish fifth in a decent maiden at Newmarket last time when Seamless finished ninth. Newcomers to keep an eye on include Dame Nellie Melba, a half-sister to the smart Gateman and Zeva, a 180,000gns filly related to a Group 3 winner. But Kuantan One may come out best of the debutants as he's a brother to last year's Group 1 Phoenix Stakes winner La Collina.
Esteaming 4-1 (9-3) Held up in 7th, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, switched left inside final 2f, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Rundell (9-3) at Bath 1m 2f 2yo mdn (5) gd.
Flying Giant (IRE) Danroad colt out of Our Emmy Lou.
Gabrial The Thug (FR) 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Gabrial's Kaka (9-3) at Chester 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Hawk High (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 6l behind Ennistown (8-9) at Haydock 1m 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Sep.
Kuantan One (IRE) Strategic Prince colt out of Starfish.
Llaregyb (IRE) Dylan Thomas colt out of Tango Tonic.
Seamless 50-1 (9-0) Soon held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, never on terms, last of 9, 11l behind Telescope (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Soviet Rock (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Chased leading pair until lost place 3f out, outpaced soon after, stayed on again inside final furlong, no threat, 5th of 9, 5l behind Telescope (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Sep.
Tuscan Fun 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt, held up towards rear, effort over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 15, 8l behind Glenard (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 2yo mdn (3) gd in Sep.
Dame Nellie Melba Aussie Rules filly out of Scandalette.
Heroine Required (FR) Muhtathir filly out of Tiger Mist.
Zeva Zamindar filly out of Mennetou.