A multiple winner on the Polytrack, Faithful Ruler has yet to win on this surface, but Ingleby Arch is best at this track and his last two wins have been over C&D with Imprimis Tagula well behind last time. The latter was engaged to run at Wolverhampton yesterday and this could be fought out by a coupe of veterans, namely Zomerlust and TRANS SONIC. The former is making his Fibresand debut, however, and David O'Meara's multiple course winner is preferred given today's favourable terms and Kieren Fallon taking over the reins.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 12-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, headway well over 1f out, chasing leaders last half furlong, ran on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, won at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol beating Cyflymder (9-10) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Ingleby Arch (USA) 7-4fav (9-0) Made all, ridden over 2f out, stayed on final furlong, won at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs in Jan beating Fantasy Fry (9-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
St Oswald 12-1 (8-4) Soon pushed along on inside and pressed leaders, led 5f out, headed over 3f out, weakened soon after, last of 5, 21l behind Dubaianswer (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Avalon Bay 4-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on inside, outpaced 3f out, headway on inside and hung left from over 2f out, stayed on same inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Fibs And Flannel (9-7) at Southwell 7f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Imprimis Tagula (IRE) 15-2 (8-4) Led, ridden halfway, headed narrowly 1f out, ran on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Pick A Little (9-1) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Jan.
Trans Sonic 14-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 10l behind Katy's Secret (8-0) at Southwell 6f clm stks (6) fbs in Dec.
Vogarth 50-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 7th of 11, 10l behind St Ignatius (8-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Jan.
Zomerlust 11-4fav (9-7) With leader, led over 5f out, ridden and pressed over 1f out, in narrow lead last half furlong, headed final 100 yards, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Faithful Ruler (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol.