Less exposed than his rivals, and with a good pedigree, Deputy Star was arguably unlucky not to finish closer when a respectable sixth at Newcastle three days ago, making headway when denied a clear run a furlong out. He finished with running left however, and appeals as the most interesting runner to come out of that race. He is surely capable of better than what he has shown so far, and able to race from a handy mark, he is certainly shortlist material if able to finally put it all together on his turf debut.
Fast Track Flyer showed little form during her juvenile career, though it was always thought that given her pedigree, there was always the chance she could do much better as a three-year-old, and that duly proved to be the case as she showed improved form to finish runner-up over this course and distance on her reappearance earlier this month. She stuck to her task well despite never looking like getting past the winner, who not only had the best form but also the run of things from the front. She is still lightly-raced and there is every chance she can prove herself a capable performer this season, starting with success here.
Kismat had begun to go the wrong way toward the end of last season, but she stopped the slide when fourth in a handicap at Windsor in August, keeping on well inside the final furlong but just coming up short of room close home. She has been absent since that run, but she can race from the same mark here, and with Alan King’s string appearing to be in good order since the restart, she could be worth chancing should the price prove enticing enough.