Arnold Lane overcame greenness to make a winning start at Leicester and that will have done him the world of good. Mitchum attracted strong support on his debut at Southwell and could hardly have been more impressive, coming home virtually alone in the style of a decent youngster. The form hasn't worked out too well but he should still be feared. Cravat won a minor event here before well beaten in a very strong novice event at York in which Hamza ran a cracking race to finish runner-up behind Gatepost. The latter can improve again and must be a threat but those who saw GABRIAL make a very impressive debut at Chester won't want to miss him here and this very much stiffer track is certain to suit him even more as he was staying on strongly at the finish.
Arnold Lane (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Held up, headway to lead over 1f out, pushed out and ran on, won at Leicester 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf beating Red Aggressor (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Gabrial (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Dwelt, headway to 4th at halfway, edged left and led 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Chester 5f 2yo mdn (3) gf beating Sea Odyssey (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Hamza (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Went left start, led, headed over 3f out, regained lead 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, always held by winner, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Gatepost (9-5) at York 5f 2yo nov stk (3) gd.
Mitchum 7-2 (9-3) Dwelt, soon led, clear over 1f out, edged left and ridden out inside final furlong, won at Southwell 5f 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Apr beating Dougie Boy (9-0) by 8l, 8 ran.
Cravat 20-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6l behind Gatepost (9-5) at York 5f 2yo nov stk (3) gd.