BETWEEN WICKETS has been unfortunate not to have won before and today should put matters right. He's been narrowly beaten in his last three starts but there's nothing wrong with his attitude and he should have too much speed for Lilly Junior, who looked a bit one-paced at Salisbury. Nabeel could prove the fly in the ointment as he was very green on his introduction at Newcastle in October and his pedigree suggests this should be his trip. Distant High's latest run was in a seller.
Hares Grove (IRE) 100-1 (9-13) Slowly away, always in rear, 8th of 10, 27l behind Autspread (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m mdn stks (5) gd in Apr '13.
Gifted Spirit Indesatchel filly out of Dispol Verity.
Between Wickets 7-4 (9-2) Steadied start, took fierce hold and held up tracking leaders on outside, driven and went 2nd inside final furlong, closed on winner, always held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Doctor Sardonicus (9-2) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) gd.
Essanar 100-1 (9-0) Dwelt always in rear, 11th of 12, 28l behind Baarez (9-5) at Haydock 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Market Storm (FR) 28-1 (8-8) Led, pushed along and headed entering final 4f, weakened quickly over 3f out, virtually pulled up final 2f, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Talmada (8-3) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.
Nabeel (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Went left start, ran green in rear, headway far side 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, went well held 2nd briefly 1f out, soon edged left and weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 15l behind Lat Hawill (9-5) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Oct.
Distant High 5-2fav (8-4) Held up behind, headway over 3f out, everychance over 1f out, kept on and just held towards finish, 2nd of 8, hd behind Kisanji (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo app sll (6) gf.
Lilly Junior 7-2 (9-0) Took keen hold early and soon held up in touch on outside, headway and angled right over 1f out, shaken up in 3rd and edged right inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Belle D'or (9-0) at Salisbury 1m mdn fll stks (5) gf.