Gatewood and Pether's Moon take up arms once again after the former came out best at Ascot a fortnight ago. But Pether's Moon was beaten only a half-length and re-opposes on better terms. KELINNI was well beaten in the same race and has little chance on the bare form. But that was his first start for Marco Botti having won Group races in Australia and finishing only three lengths behind the winner in the Caulfield Cup in October. He's expected to finish much closer here and might just be good enough to give the principals a fright. Aussie Reigns is not without a chance back over 1m4f and makes more appeal than the winning handicappers Mirsaale and Blue Surf.
Aussie Reigns (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden and headway entering final furlong, no impression towards rear, 6th of 12, 4l behind Grandeur (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f cnd stks (4yo+) (2) pol in Apr.
Gatewood 4-1fav (9-0) Held up in 4th, headway over 4f out, pressed leader over 3f out, led inside final 2f, ridden and hard pressed final furlong, held on near finish, won at Ascot 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs beating Pether's Moon (9-3) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Pether's Moon (IRE) 4-1fav (9-3) Mid-division on inside, headway over 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance final furlong, held near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Gatewood (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs.
Blue Surf 4-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on to go 2nd near finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Soviet Rock (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gd.
Kelinni (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear on outside, headway over 4f out, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Gatewood (9-0) at Ascot 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs.
Mirsaale 50-1 (9-0) Raced wide, never better than mid-division, last of 14, 17l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.