GABRIAL'S KING isn't exactly consistent but his recent Newmarket third, when only beaten just over a length, suggests he's in good heart at present. He's gone well enough here in the past and a repeat of that recent HQ run would see him go close. Kashgar has suddenly found a new lease of life and is up 11lb for two recent victories but also appeals in his current form. Hallstatt has continued to show up prominently off higher marks after a couple of wins and is another to take into account in an open contest but Teak ran well behind the selection last time at Newmarket and could emerge as the main danger if improving for his first outing for over seven months. Montaff normally competes at a higher level than this but doesn't look the force of old.
Gabrial's Star 9-2 (9-3) Towards rear, switched left over 1f out, headway and edged right entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Cool Sky (9-3) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) With leaders, lost place 4f out, tailed off over 2f out, last of 10, well behind Solar View (8-3) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Montaff 10-1 (8-11) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Capellanus (8-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Mid-division, headway 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, unable to quicken and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Taglietelle (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Teak (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, stayed on final 00 yards, 4th of 8, 2l behind Taglietelle (8-11) at Newmarket 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Lifetime (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Keen close up, ridden 6f out, weakened 4f out, last of 5, 42l behind Kazbow (9-10) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Kashgar 9-4fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 4f out, led over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating Bramshill Lass (9-5) by 3l, 9 ran.
Hallstatt (IRE) 5-2 (9-4) Led early, tracked leader until 5f out, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, hampered and short of room just inside final 2f kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Street Entertainer (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.