GRETZKY has been in excellent form and gained his second recent victory when conceding 7lb to the in-form Carried three weeks ago. He faces a stiff task on official ratings but looks the one to be on. Ebazan once finished second to Declaration Of War when conceding weight, with tonight's rival Defining Year around five lengths behind. The latter had earlier finished a close second to Famous Name in a Group 3 but neither have come anywhere near that kind of form recently and both have been well beaten over hurdles. Shabra Charity was having his first start on the Flat after 55 runs over jumps when running surprisingly well behind Shield over 2m last month where he led at tonight's trip.
Gretzky 5-1 (9-5) Mid-division, short of room and switched to outer entering straight, ridden in moderate 9th 2f out, headway on outer into close 5th 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Jan beating Carried (8-12) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Defining Year (IRE) 13-2 (9-8) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 7th of 8, 9l behind Declaration Of War (9-2) at Curragh 1m 2f stks in Sep '12.
Ebazan (USA) 16-1 (9-11) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Stuccodor (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks hvy in May.
Shabra Charity (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outer into 4th 4f out, ridden to lead over 3f out, headed 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 11, 9l behind Shield (9-12) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol in Jan.