Hot Stock was beaten only a short-head here in December though hasn't threatened in a couple of subsequent starts including back at this venue. It could pay to take a chance on one of the less exposed types handling the Fibresand as Jaeger Train has been placed in both starts on Polytrack and Bretherton has also gone close on his last couple of outings at Lingfield and Wolverhampton. But ROYAL ENCOUNTER is the speculative selection for a yard with a good strike rate here having found only one too good on the Polytrack last time.
Spowarticus 150-1 (9-3) Steadied start, always behind, 11th of 14, 33l behind Panzanella (8-12) at Leicester 7f 3yo mdn (5) gs in Oct '12.
Saktoon (USA) 150-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, ridden and struggling over 3f out, last of 13, 25l behind Consistant (11-0) at Wolverhampton 6f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol in Jan.
Beatabout The Bush (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 7l behind Gone With The Wind (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Bretherton 8-13fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge over 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Ex Ex (9-13) at Lingfield 6f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Hot Stock (FR) 16-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same inside pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Basil Berry (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Incurs Four Faults Halling colt out of Rapsgate.
Jaeger Train (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Difficult to load in stalls, led 1f, chased leader until 5f out, chased leading pair, ridden and one pace over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Secret Suspect (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Robbian Bertolini colt out of Crathes.
Royal Encounter 11-4fav (8-10) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed insided final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Hardy Black (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Ventura Reef (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 13, 9l behind Perfect Persuasion (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.
Trefnant (IRE) 100-1 (8-5) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, well beaten over 2f out, last of 11, 14l behind You're Fired (9-1) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct.