tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened 3f out
held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened
led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, soon beaten
tracked leader, led inside final furlong, soon clear, kept on well
held up mid-division, took keen hold, headway over 4f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong
held up mid-division on outer, ridden over 1f out, soon faded
held up in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on to go 3rd place inside final furlong, no impression
always towards rear
Marco Botti won last year's renewal and GOTHIC EMPIRE can follow suit. The latter made a promising start when a close-up fourth at Doncaster last month and can take care of these with normal progress. Who Dares Wins showed some improvement when fourth at York in September but Virile has gone backwards since his debut at Lingfield. The remainder with experience are hard to fancy so the newcomer Piston may well get involved as he is half-brother to four winners.
Kaaber (USA) 100-1 (9-5) Prominent until lost place 6f out, soon in rear, last of 7, 31l behind Sharp Sword (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) in Feb.
Raised Hope 66-1 (9-7) Restless in stalls, slowly into stride, held up, driven over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 32l behind Arabian Oasis (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) in Mar.
Virile (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Held up in 5th, ridden 4f out, no impression, never a factor, last of 6, 20l behind Loyalty Card (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Feb.
Gothic Empire (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, headway over 2f out, soon challenged, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Mulaaseq (9-5) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) gs in Mar.
Niqnaaqpaadiwaaq 33-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 19l behind Third Time Lucky (9-0) at Musselburgh 7f mdn stks (4) sft.
Piston (IRE) Paco Boy gelding out of Fairy Contessa.
Who Dares Wins (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 7l behind Storm Rock (8-11) at York 1m 2yo mdn aut (4) gs in Oct.
Miss Dusky Diva (IRE) 66-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, outpaced in rear, some late headway, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 9l behind Fondly (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn fll (5) in Mar.