The Great Gabrial won at Chepstow 10 days ago and has won twice on the Polytrack. He deserves the utmost respect, despite a 7lb higher mark, but AVATAR STAR's narrow victory at Kempton could hardly have worked out any better and Marco Botti's gelding seems to be on an upward curve. A hat-trick beckons with Haydock winner Ambitious Boy yet to prove he stays this far. Fossa and Casa Tua could figure from near the foot of the weights, however, while Burning Dawn should also be thereabouts again despite gaining no respite from the handicapper.
Ambitious Boy 7-1 (9-12) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on strongly to lead inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Haydock 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug beating Rich Again (9-5) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Exceedexpectations 40-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 10l behind Future Reference (9-3) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Grilletto (USA) 11-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, never troubled leaders, 8th of 10, 6l behind Ziekhani (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) std in Aug.
Avatar Star (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, battled on gamely, won at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug beating Marmalady (8-13) by nk, 9 ran.
Burning Dawn (USA) 3-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, driven on outside well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Ziekhani (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) std in Aug.
Meridius (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Mid-division, under pressure over 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 10, 8l behind Desert Command (9-4) at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul.
The Great Gabrial 7-1 (9-5) Chased leader, led going well over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Thankyou Very Much (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 8-1 (9-4) In touch, went 3rd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 11, 2l behind Ace Master (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Fossa 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division on inside, headway when not much room 2f, soon switched left, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Glanely (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Casa Tua (FR) (8-8) 2nd of 14, 5l behind Sundown Kar (9-8) at Erbray(FR) 1m 3f cond Stakes gs in Jun.