Gabrial The Great and GOLD FUTURES are very progressive novices and the pair are both chasing a four-timer in this. The former has won his last three by an aggregate of 80 lengths but we really like Nicky Richards' five-year-old, who came off a strong pace to beat experienced handicappers at Market Rasen last time. Gassin Golf just can't get his head in front but has run some fine races in defeat and will probably pop up when least expected and he's preferred to the returning Saphir River and the equally luckless Bellgrove.
Gabrial The Great (IRE) 1-6fav (11-12) Made all and keen, unchallenged, shaken up run-in, very easily, won at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Roll Of Thunder (10-9) by 46l, 4 ran.
Gold Futures (IRE) 11-8fav (10-11) Took keen hold and held up in last pair, travelling well after 3 out, led approaching 2 out, clear when hit last, kept on strongly, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Jul beating Australia Day (11-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
Gassin Golf 7-4fav (11-8) Prominent, still in touch but lost place before 4th, closed 6th, challenged 3 out, led next, headed approaching last, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Dubai Prince (11-6) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in May.
Saphir River (FR) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway on outside after 4 out, in touch next, ridden and effort 2 out, one pace approaching last, no impression flat, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Liberty One (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Bellgrove (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Held up 4th and last, tracked leading pair 5th, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, kept on, no impression with winner, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Nathans Pride (11-5) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.