A tricky contest despite the small field. Naru had Lucky Mountain back in third when landing the second leg of a double at Wolverhampton in January. He's stepping up in trip for his Fibresand debut and Burgoyne's stamina will also be put to the test today. The latter won over a mile at this track three weeks ago but the safest option is to stick with GLENREEF. Mark Johnston's filly beat a John Gosden-trained hotpot over course and distance on her return to action and with further improvement expected, she can follow-up on her handicap debut.
Naru (IRE) 2-9fav (9-7) Led 1f, tracked leader, led approaching 2f out, soon ridden and flashed tail, edged left and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 3, nk behind Diletta Tommasa (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Burgoyne (USA) 7-1 (8-11) Raced wide in touch, pushed along and slightly outpaced over 3f out, headway to chase leading pair over 2f out, ridden and edged left and led inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar beating Excellent Puck (8-11) by 1l, 8 ran.
Glenreef 7-1 (8-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Mar beating Relentless (8-5) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Lucky Mountain 20-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened over 1f out, last of 3, 24l behind Edwyn Ralph (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f 3yo hcp (4) fbs in Mar.