Shearian was due to run at Southwell yesterday but whatever the outcome he's unlikely to trouble NARU. James Tate's colt showed a willing attitude to score over the course and distance last month and followed up a couple of weeks later when he won with much more in hand than the official verdict suggests. A hat-trick beckons as Mudaawem, who will be making his debut on the track, looked very one-paced at Kempton a couple of weeks ago and Diletta Tommasa was well beaten in a handicap last time after landing a claimer here in November.
Naru (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Led, headed 7f out, tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan beating Good Speech (9-0) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Diletta Tommasa (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in 5th, outpaced 2f out, never near leaders, 5th of 7, 10l behind Gabrial The Boss (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Mudaawem (USA) 8-1 (9-7) With leader, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 6, 5l behind Camachoice (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Shearian 9-2 (8-11) Held up, ridden over 4f out, stayed on under strong pressure from over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 9, 4l behind Poetic Verse (9-7) at Southwell 1m Maiden Handicap (0-55) (3yo) (6) fbs.