GABRIAL THE GREAT was no match for Betfair Hurdle winner Splash Of Ginge over this track and trip on his hurdling debut but had a couple of decent novices well behind and should go one better here under McCoy. Satanic Beat has a penalty to carry for his victory in a handicap at Newcastle in March and that may prove his undoing while Less Time shapes as though he needs further. Deadly Sting is eased in grade but might also find this too short along with the mare Grape Tree Flame.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on, won at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar beating Fisher (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Buckontupence (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, headway when hit last, kept on, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Volcanic (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Commercial (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, led after about 2f, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 14l behind Flamborough Breeze (9-13) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb '13 (flat).
Deadly Sting (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) In rear, not fluent and reminder 4th, behind 8th, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Beat That (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Apr, 18 ran.
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Held up, took keen hold, jumped slowly when not much room 1st, headway before 4th, went 2nd when jumped left and not fluent 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 20l behind Splash of Ginge (11-7) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Less Time (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Led until after 2nd, led again approaching 3 out, headed between last, no extra before last, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Bonobo (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Grape Tree Flame 9-2 (10-12) Mid-division, chased leaders on outside 10th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Truckers Darling (10-12) at Southwell 3m mares mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.