Matraash is an interesting runner as spends his life in selling and claiming company where he's consistent enough and wins in his turn but this looks to be a question of which Gabrial to support. Gabrial's Hope was just beaten by yet another Gabrial - The Thug - last time but official ratings indicate he's going to find life difficult against GABRIAL THE DUKE on these terms. The gelding has been well placed by David Simcock to pick up two wins from his last three starts, including when dropped into claiming company at Leicester. It would be no surprise to see him repeat the dose here. Mixed Messages has a squeak on her best Flat form but has pulled up on her latest starts, both under NH rules.
Gabrial The Duke (IRE) 11-10fav (9-11) Chased leaders, led over 7f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Beakers N Num Nums (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) fm.
Takaatuf (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Led 3f, tracked leader, led again briefly over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, last of 9, 8l behind Pevensey (8-13) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep '09.
Gabrial's Hope (FR) 11-4fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and just held near finish, 2nd of 12, shd behind Gabrial The Thug (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Mixed Message (IRE) 11-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 25l behind Dark Ocean (8-12) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Gabrial's Hope (8-3) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Juvenal (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Slowly away in rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 8th of 11, 11l behind Ellaal (9-1) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Al Furat (USA) 18-1 (10-7) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden to chase clear winner over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 11l behind Hyperlink (11-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Matraash (USA) 6-1 (9-12) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway on outside over 3f out, went well held 3rd over 1f out, no impression when weakened into 4th final 100 yards, in a race won by Well Painted (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol, 9 ran.
Le Deluge (FR) 40-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 17, 22l behind Eutropius (9-6) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) sft in May.