Twice a winner on Polytrack, Gritstone makes his Fibresand debut today, while Son Vida won his maiden over C&D before a modest effort at Wolverhampton on his handicap bow. Dubaianswer just got the better of The Lock Master at this track last time though the latter is weighted to reverse running with a 7lb claimer on board, while On The Cusp, Pipers Piping and Community are all C&D winners stepping up in class. CALL TO REASON moves in the opposite direction having finished a creditable third to the progressive William Haigh over track and trip last time and she's fancied to get her head in front against lesser opposition today.
Gritstone 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Opus Maximus (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
Call To Reason (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, soon chased leaders, lost place over 4f out and soon outpaced, kept on from over 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 5l behind William Haigh (9-1) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Jan.
Son Vida (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Led until riddden and headed just over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 10l behind Emma's Gift (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Dubaianswer 16-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up on outside, headway to join leaders 5f out, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan beating The Lock Master (9-5) by nk, 5 ran.
The Lock Master (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Reachforthebucks (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Levitate 8-1 (8-8) Dwelt held up, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 12l behind Amitola (9-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
On The Cusp (IRE) 11-10fav (9-4) Slight lead but pressed, headed 5f out, chased leaders, outpaced 3f out, no threat after, 4th of 5, 19l behind Dubaianswer (9-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Pipers Piping (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Held up in touch in rear, effort entering final furlong, soon every chance, edged left and led inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 5, hd behind Patriotic (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Community (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Led, ridden 3f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace, last of 3, 1 3/4l behind Inpursuitoffreedom (9-0) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) fbs.