YOUNG GLADIATOR can come on top in this handicap at the main expense of Not My Choice and Where's Reiley. Julie Camacho's 5-year-old has been given a little break since a good run here back in November when he chased home My Sweet Georgia. He is dropped in trip today but that will not be a problem as he has won over this course and distance and he is taken to regain the winning thread. Not My Choice went close over this course and distance last month but his record of two placed efforts in 12 starts on the all-weather hardly inspires confidence. In contrast, Where's Reiley has a decent strike-rate on the all-weather and he won despite getting outpaced early on over 5f here last time. The return to this slightly longer trip will suit and he is entitled to be thereabouts at the finish. Zeffirelli won a weak handicap over this course and distance last time out but the draw would be a negative for him today and he is another who is far from consistent. This looks a good opportunity for Young Gladiator and he is taken to score.
Where's Reiley (USA) 15-2 (8-9) Slowly into stride, behind and outpaced, headway halfway, led approaching final furlong, edged right, ran on well, won at Southwell 5f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan beating Monte Major (8-7) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Riflessione 14-1 (9-4) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 25l behind Diapason (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec.
Young Gladiator (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind My Sweet Georgia (9-4) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Not My Choice (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Always prominent, chased winner 3f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Ponting (8-10) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Westwood 14-1 (8-13) Went left start, pulled hard, tracking winner when hampered over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, hung left approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 12l behind Sutton Veny (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp (0-90) (5) pol in Jan.
Chosen One (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, 12th of 13, 10l behind Charles Parnell (8-9) at Southwell 6f hacp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jan.
Dream Win 3-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 12l behind Ming Master (8-8) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan.
Zeffirelli 5-2fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and edged right over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Southwell 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs in Jan beating Cheery Cat (8-3) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Quiet Mountain (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Prominent, challenged going well over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 8l behind Paintball (8-5) at Southwell 7f mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Jan.
King's Sabre 25-1 (8-9) Keen, led, headed over 4f out, remained close up, ridden to lead again over 1f out, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind King of Rhythm (9-0) at Southwell 7f stks 0-55 (6) fbs in Dec.