|1st||Fort Bastion (IRE)||13/8|
|1 (2)||22527-1||Fort Bastion (IRE) 11||3||8-12||R Hughes||R Hannon||106||13/8|
|3 (1)||17||Minstrels Gallery (IRE) 28||3||8-12||Freddie Tylicki||J R Jenkins||87||14/1|
|4 (3)||61-||Starboard 198||3||8-12||William Buick||J H M Gosden||97||8/13|
|2 (4)||11226-||Gold City (IRE)||3||8-12||Saeed bin Suroor||M Barzalona||98|
Fort Bastion is the highest rated and after competing at the top level last year, picking up a maiden at Salisbury on his return was a mere formality. This is more of a test, however, stepping up to a mile for the first time with the well-regarded STARBOARD taking him on. John Gosden's colt landed the odds at Redcar in November with the minimum of fuss and a handful of fancy entries suggests big things are expected of him this year. Gold City was confined to sprinting last term and looks to have a bit to prove over today's distance while Minstrels Gallery is up against it on these terms.
Fort Bastion (IRE) 1-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, led over 1f out, quickened clear, easily, won at Salisbury 6f mdn stks (5) sft beating Zhiggy's Stardust (9-0) by 12l, 10 ran.
Gold City (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 22, 6l behind Bogart (8-12) at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf in Oct.
Minstrels Gallery (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Raced stand side, in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 7th of 12, 12l behind Trumpet Major (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Starboard 1-2fav (9-3) Dwelt, mid-division, headway to go 2nd ovewr 2f out, led over 1f out, soon quickened clear, eased towards finish, won at Redcar 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Nov beating Galician (8-12) by 5l, 12 ran.