GABRIAL has only had one run at this trip and his form is over a mile but Richard Fahey appears confident of him staying and this is far from a stiff track so he's handed the vote. After last year's Dante success, Bonfire went to Epsom with what looked a good chance in the Derby but ran poorly, as he did in the Eclipse. He reappeared with a moderate effort at Newmarket and the jury is out on him. Andrew Balding also runs Highland Knight, who was over four lengths behind Gabrial at Doncaster last month but did much better when close-up behind Trumpet Major in the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown. Danadana made good progress last season, winning a strong York handicap on his final start, and his stable have made a much quicker than normal start to the season.
Bonfire 11-4 (8-12) Held up in rear and keen, pushed along over 3f out, headway on outer over 2f out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Mull Of Killough (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Danadana (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Dwelt, held up rear of mid-division on inside, headway over 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won at York 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug beating Kalk Bay (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Dick Doughtywylie 16-1 (9-0) Raced wide 1st 2f, tracking leading pair, went 2nd 6f out, pushed along over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, stayed well there, weakened final furlong, lost 4th close home, 5th of 7, 6l behind Al Kazeem (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Gabrial (IRE) 10-3 (8-12) Dwelt keen in touch, pushed along over 2f out, nowhere to go from 2f out, switched right entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, soon hung right, ran on, won at Doncaster 1m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gd in Apr beating Don't Call Me (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Highland Knight (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led and set good pace, clear when hung left 2f out, continued to hang left, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Trumpet Major (9-0) at Sandown 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Miblish 11-4fav (8-13) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 1m 2f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar beating Burano (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Rewarded 25-1 (9-0) Raced near side, prominent, pushed along 3f out, soon weakened, 28th of 33, 28l behind Bronze Angel (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f hcp (2) gd in Sep.