PRIESTLEY'S REWARD managed to hang on for a narrow margin victory over a longer trip here on Monday. Unexposed on the all-weather, he's taken to go in again at the chief expense of One Way Or Another. The latter usually runs his race and makes more appeal than November's Fibresand winner Gay Gallivanter. Electrician has tumbled down the weights since returning from a lengthy absence but has struggled in similar company of late while Paphos has yet to win over further than a mile but could figure if lasting home.
Gay Gallivanter 11-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 7l behind Big Sylv (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Dec.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 3-1fav (8-4) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 1f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Hurricane Spirit (7-13) at Lingfield 1m clm stks (5) pol in Dec.
Paphos 9-2 (9-2) Not much room start, behind, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 7th of 12, 4l behind Patavium Prince (8-13) at Lingfield 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Parhelion 11-2 (10-3) Tracked leaders, led 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed just inside final furlong, no extra, 7th of 15, 6l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Electrician 5-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 7l behind Mr Knightley (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Priestley's Reward (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Driven forward, chased leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, strongly challenged from over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Lingfield 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Dec beating High 'n Dry (8-6) by nk, 5 ran.
Formidable Guest 14-1 (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, soon ridden and not quicken, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 16l behind Choral Bee (8-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (6) pol in Sep.