Ryan Moore has picked up a good ride on prolific Polytrack winner GREY MIRAGE. Marco Botti's charge makes more appeal than stablemate Hasopop after beating Alfred Hutchinson over a mile at this track last month. That form was boosted when the latter went on to score over track and trip beating Brocklebank, subsequent winner George Guru and Verse Of Love in the process. Newstead Abbey beat Skytrain early last year and both return to action today, while the former's stablemate Bertiewhittle returns from Meydan where he managed to place in a tough handicap last month. Apostle needs to find a bit more from a difficult draw and the same can be said of Absolutely So as the latter steps up from 6f.
Hasopop (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 2f out, kept on to lead close home, won at Salisbury 7f cond Stakes (3) hvy in Oct beating Mar Mar (8-9) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Bertiewhittle 7-1 (8-13) 11th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Alexandra Palace (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp (0-110) in Jan.
Grey Mirage 7-4fav (9-0) Led until over 3f out, led again over 2f out, soon hard ridden, held on well, won at Lingfield 1m cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Jan beating Chookie Royale (9-0) by hd, 6 ran.
Alfred Hutchinson 8-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd on inside well over 1f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well, readily, won at Lingfield 7f hcap (2) pol in Jan beating Brocklebank (8-3) by 1l, 13 ran.
Newstead Abbey 28-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 22nd of 27, 16l behind Roca Tumu (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
George Guru 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 1m hcap (2) pol beating Tellovoi (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Yeeoow (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Mid-division, stayed on from over 1f out, 10th of 21, 5l behind Morache Music (9-7) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) sft in Oct.
Apostle (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and edged left from over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Frontier Fighter (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Absolutely So (IRE) 5-2fav (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, effort inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Rivellino (9-1) at Lingfield 6f hcap (2) pol.
Dr Red Eye 7-1 (8-11) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish, 5th of 12, 7l behind Ocean Tempest (9-7) at Chester 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep.
Verse Of Love 14-1 (8-13) Disputed lead until entering final 3f, ridden and kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Frontier Fighter (9-7) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs.
Nassau Storm 6-4fav (9-6) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, outpaced over 2f out, headway between horses over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Corporal Maddox (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Brocklebank (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) In rear, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Stonefield Flyer (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Skytrain 11-1 (8-11) Tracked leader until 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 25l behind Chookie Royale (8-8) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Oct.