2.05: TOUCH UP is speedily bred and is a half-brother to several winners, including Oozlem and Premier Touch. The fact that Gay Kelleway has booked the forceful Kieren Fallon means this colt must go on the shortlist. Mick Channon, whose Stately Princess took third place in this event last year, fields FRANCO MINA. Channon said earlier this week that this is colt has been working sharply at home.
2.35: Night Vigil is burdened with top weight but scored fluently on the sand at Lingfield in February (1m 2f). A similar run on today's turf surface would make him hard to beat. A strict reading of form at Wolverhampton in January (1m) gives Kieren Fallon's mount, Bawsian, the edge over Night Vigil but this distance could favour Michael Hills's horse. However, this could fall to NARROGIN. This gelding has fine prospects if repeating his display at Newmarket in August when a staying-on third to Outsourcing and Ron's Pet.
3.10: Lord High Admiral runs well with Michael Roberts in the saddle and is likely to blaze a trail down the middle of the track. This should ensure that low numbers are not disadvantaged. Brian Meehan frequently does well at the start of the Flat season on turf, and is represented here by DANCETHE-NIGHTAWAY, who should be suited by the fast early pace.
3.40: Hidden Meadow won first time out last season, at Newmarket in April, and has class. So does In Command, winner of the 1996 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket - but a disappointment last term. RUSSIAN MUSIC has plenty on his plate in this Listed race but comes to hand early and may be sharper than his main rivals.