TIGHT KNIT made his handicap debut in a higher grade race than this having won his maiden over C&D in November. Not beaten far in fourth, James Tate's colt can come out best. First Sargeant also fared well on his first start handicapping and looks a bigger threat than both Gabrial The Boss and Diletta Tommasa, who arrive on the backs of wins in plating races. Firstkissoflove has gone awry since winning her maiden at Leicester and the less exposed Rainford Glory is preferred to Betzyoucan on his first start for a new trainer.
Tight Knit (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, led and edged left over 1f out, soon headed, stayed on same pace, 4th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Glory City (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
First Sargeant 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd and held inside final furlong, last of 3, 2 3/4l behind Smileswithhiseyes (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Firstkissoflove 25-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 20l behind Ashamaly (9-2) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Gabrial The Boss (USA) 2-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, driven over 2f out, switched left to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Dec beating Dream About You (8-7) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Diletta Tommasa (IRE) 7-2 (8-9) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, ran on to lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov beating Secret Symphony (8-11) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Betzyoucan 12-1 (8-12) Went left start chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 8l behind Ovett (9-2) at Lingfield 6f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Rainford Glory (IRE) 5-6fav (8-12) Raced freely, led after 1f, strongly challenged over 1f out, soon hung left under pressure, headed enter final furlong, weakened, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Woza Moya (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Dec.