close up towards rear, headway to track leaders 5f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out
slowly away, headway to track leaders after 2f, went 2nd 8f out until ridden 6f out, soon lost touch, tailed off
led, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened
keen, tracked leaders, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, ran on strongly
keen in touch, in rear, headway on outer to tracked leaders 8f out, went 2nd 6f out until ridden 3f out, soon weakened
in touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out
tracked leader until 10f out, dropped to rear 8f out, soon lost touch, pulled up 4f out
GABRIAL'S STAR scored over the trip at Wolverhampton in May but hasn't won since so is on a 13lb lower mark here. That may be enough of a drop to see off Sleep Easy, who has won five times for Neil Mullholland though his two latest victories have been over hurdles. Ruler Of The Nile is the only course and distance winner among the entries but his last two victories have also been over timber. Hurricane Hollow has been well beaten in both starts on the all-weather but has won a bumper and three races over hurdles but Bertie Moon hasn't been in the best of form since completing a double last summer.
Rite To Reign 40-1 (9-4) Mid-division, chased leaders when not much room on inside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened final 100 yards, 8th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Great Court (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Sleep Easy 8-1 (9-11) Keen, tracked winner who went clear 12f out, pushed along and tried to close over 3f out, lost 2nd 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 9 1/4l behind Incus (8-13) at Newbury 2m hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Bertie Moon 10-1 (9-2) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 9, 5 1/2l behind St Mary's (10-0) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Gabrial's Star 5-1 (9-6) Held up off the pace in 5th, headway chasing leaders over 3f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, dropped to 4th post, 4th of 9, 3 1/4l behind Incus (8-13) at Newbury 2m hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Hurricane Hollow 15-2 (9-13) Slowly into stride, behind, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, switched right to race towards stands side over 2f out, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Tonto's Spirit (9-12) at Catterick 2m hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Ruler Of The Nile 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, slightly hampered on rails soon after, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind Whitecliff Park (8-12) at Wolverhampton 2m 1f hcp (5) pol in Aug.
Giant Redwood (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, hit 1st, fell 4 out, at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gd in Apr.