The Hannon yard have won three of the last four renewals which further boosts confidence in MAGICAL ROUNDABOUT. There was cut in the ground when the latter made a winning start at Windsor earlier in the month and he could prove the one to beat. Escalating started favourite for the Brocklesby on his debut but made little impression in soft going. He ran much better when scoring on the Polytrack last time however. Southwell winner Abscent Friends was only runner-up at Newmarket a fortnight ago while Kibaar never figured in a Newbury maiden on his introduction.
Abscent Friends 8-1 (8-10) Led 1f, tracked leader, joined leader 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Mind Of Madness (8-9) at Newmarket 5f 2yo stks (3) gd.
Escalating 9-2 (9-5) Went left start, led after 1f, made rest, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Kempton 5f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol beating Be Bold (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Magical Roundabout (IRE) 4-6fav (9-5) Always prominent, ran slightly green and led 2f out, ridden and pressed from over 1f out, in command towards finish, won at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs beating Fine Prince (9-5) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Kibaar 9-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 13, 7l behind Kasb (9-5) at Newbury 5f 2yo mdn (4) gs.