Tableaux enters picture for four-year-old races
Able Friend was out in front impressing everyone on international day with a view to the future four-year-old Group Ones but another new horse of the same vintage looked a horse to follow too.
Former French horse Tableaux finished fifth at his first appearance here, a performance on which he is sure to improve in terms of fitness and acclimatisation.
After some minor trouble at the start, Tableaux settled towards the rear and again had interference to contend with as he weaved his way through the field in the final 200m.
He finished full of running under Ryan Moore over what looked an insufficient 1,600m, and the Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained colt is one four-year-old certain to run the 2,000m of the Derby out strongly.
He was a winner at his final two starts in France at 2,100m and 2,200m, so his stamina is in no doubt yet he has shown a little bit of dash in his trials and work that has suggested he isn't one of those plodding types who find racing too sharp in this part of the world.
As far as the Derby is concerned, he finished more than four lengths behind Able Friend so he does have some ground to make up on face value but the classic is long way away at this stage anyway and Tableaux should be able to find races to suit.
In the opening race, both the winner Aerovelocity and runner-up Silly Buddies are worth pursuing as coming winners.
Punters who supported the short odds chance, Silly Buddies, might have got their fingers burned this time with a narrow defeat but the run itself was still full of merit.
Aerovelocity needed to make improvement to beat his younger rival but he did so under a clever ride from Zac Purton, giving away plenty of weight to the runner-up, and he is going to make his presence felt in Class Two next time down at the bottom of the weights.
But Silly Buddies came right away to thrash the remainder of the field, they ran better than average times and he shouldn't have too much trouble making amends in the same grade next time.