CRYSTAL PEAKS returned to winning ways at Kempton last time and can effectively race off the same mark today with David Bergin's allowance negating a 3lb rise. He's just preferred to Poetic Verse, who failed by a length to follow up her maiden win at Southwell when second to Gabrial The Duke over track and trip. The latter has something to find with the selection and Flying Tempo could prove a bigger threat back up in distance. Taming The Tweet makes her handicap debut but has some improving to do if she's to go close.
Crystal Peaks 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, driven and all out, won at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Masaadr (9-7) by hd, 4 ran.
Haverstock 14-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, never involved, 10th of 11, 6l behind Grilletto (8-12) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Poetic Verse 6-1 (9-9) Chased leader until 8f out, chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, led again over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Gabrial The Duke (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Flying Tempo 2-1fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, raced keenly in steady run race, headway over 2f out, soon outpaced, kept on closing stages, never near to challenge, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Darkest Night (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Gabrial The Duke (IRE) 9-4fav (9-1) Held up in touch, outpaced over 2f out, rallied on inside not clear run briefly and switched left over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Poetic Verse (9-9) by 1l, 6 ran.
Taming The Tweet 9-1 (8-6) In touch in rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway to go 3rd over 1f out, not troubled leaders, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Naalatt (8-9) at Southwell 1m mdn fll (5) fbs.