Entrapping is proving hard to win with and Gabrial The Duke isn't improving while it took Poetic Verse 12 attempts and a switch back to the Fibresand to get off the mark and she appears to reserve her best for that surface. CLOSE TOGETHER won here in October and her run behind Precision Strike over track and trip on her return from a break suggests she's handicapped to win this. Rosie Future is tried in a hood after her latest third at Wolverhampton but Sand Grouse looks a better option trying a new trip, though looks held by the selection on a line through Precision Strike.
Poetic Verse 7-1 (9-7) Raced wide close up, ridden and edged left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Southwell 1m Maiden Handicap (0-55) (3yo) (6) fbs beating Napinda (9-3) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Close Together (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Precision Strike (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Sand Grouse 11-4fav (8-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, no impression after, 4th of 6, 6l behind Precision Strike (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Entrapping 10-1 (9-0) Dwelt, took keen hold in touch, headway when hung right under pressure entering final furlong, stayed on well, never nearer, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Camachoice (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Gabrial The Duke (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression when eased inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 10l behind Hidden Link (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Rosie Future (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Prominent, led 9f out, headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Great Ormond (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Silver Fawn (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Held up, ridden over 3f out, outpaced final 2f, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Taxiformissbyron (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.