With his middle distance pedigree, it was no surprise to see The Great Gabrial campaigned over much further than tonight's six furlongs, but he proved to have enough speed to win over this trip at Wolverhampton and there are sure to be plenty that fancy him to follow up. GHOST TRAIN may have lost his way with Mark Johnston, and having produced a fine first outing for Tim McCarthy, he makes plenty of appeal if his new trainer can rediscover any of the form that he showed during at his peak at Middleham. Song Of Parkes continues in the headgear she wore on the turf while Proper Charlie is very much one to note in the market. The assessor now rates the five-year-old off a mark of 48 on his first run for Lee Carter yet his last appearance in a handicap was on the Polytrack off a 22lb higher mark last February.
Song Of Parkes 8-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, held up, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on to 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Putin (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Ansells Pride (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 6l behind Red Cape (8-9) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.
Ghost Train (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Soon chasing winner, no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Clearing (9-2) at Lingfield 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jun.
The Great Gabrial 2-1fav (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Irish Boy (9-11) at Doncaster 5f app hcp (6) fm.
Compton Prince 20-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 14, 25l behind Verus Delicia (9-4) at Chepstow 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Kasbhom 66-1 (9-5) Keen early, always in rear, 9th of 10, 15l behind Prince's Trust (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 3yo mdn (5) gf in May.
Charismas Birthday (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Pressed winner, pushed along halfway, ridden and no impression when lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 3l behind Dreams Of Glory (9-10) at Bath 5f hcp 0-65 (6) fm.
Proper Charlie 11-10fav (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, hd behind Dark Lane (8-13) at Wolverhampton 6f sell stks (6) pol in Mar.