GABRIAL THE HERO put his rivals to the sword with ease at Haydock on Thursday, making all and striding away to score unchallenged. This is a tougher assignment but he's clearly in great heart and his young apprentice rider, who rode three winners from just 14 rides last term, offsets the penalty picked up for that success. Expect another front-running display around these tight turns. Gabrial's King, in the same ownership, seems better on an artificial surface so Singalat looks the main threat. He didn't run at all badly on unsuitable ground at Pontefract last time and should relish these quicker conditions. Similar comments apply to Enery but this dramatic step up in trip is also a step into the unknown for the ex-Godolphin inmate, now with Mark Johnston. Tidal Way will find this easier than when unplaced in last week's London Gold Cup at Newbury and is not discounted.
Singalat 16-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Ruacana (9-6) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Gabrial The Hero (USA) 11-10fav (8-11) Made all, clear over 1f out, unchallenged, won at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf beating Al Mamzar (8-11) by 7l, 9 ran.
Enery (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 8l behind Twelve Strings (9-3) at Haydock 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Tidal Way (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, every chance when edged right over 2f out, soon ridden, faded over 1f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Expense Claim (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Rapid Heat Lad (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Mid-division, one pace and no impression over 2f out, plugged on, 6th of 11, 8l behind Rosslyn Castle (9-6) at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft.
Moataz (USA) 13-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, led over 7f out, headed 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 41l behind Whipcrackaway (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Apr.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 11-2 (8-12) Steadied start, held up in last trio, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten and behind, eased final 2f, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Ruacana (9-6) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.