GABRIEL'S LAD ran free from the front at Wolverhampton last month and it was no surprise when he ran out of steam in the closing stages. He's fancied to do better under a more restrained ride today and gets the vote ahead of Fortrose Academy. The latter finished a creditable third on his debut at Haydock, but that was back in May and he might need this. Wiltshire Life could prove best of the remainder with experience, while Bella Ophelia is a half-sister to five winners and makes most appeal of the newcomers.
Absolute Bearing (IRE) Majestic Missile gelding out of Garnock Academy.
Fortrose Academy (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Dwelt, held up, headway over 3f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, soon switched right, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Evervescent (8-9) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in May.
Gabriel's Lad (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Soon led, ridden and headed 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Right Result (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Johnny Splash (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) In touch, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 20l behind Molamento (8-12) at Lingfield 5f 2yo mdn aut (6) gf in Sep.
Bella Ophelia (IRE) Baltic King filly out of Banco Solo.
Lady Arabella (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Cristal Gem (8-7) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct.
Make A Fuss Proclamation filly out of Fustaan.
Nevaeh Firebreak filly out of Mitsuki.
Percival Provost Key Of Luck filly out of Fluttering Rose.
Topflight Princess Cockney Rebel filly out of Topflightcoolracer.
Triple Salchow Needwood Blade filly out of Icky Woo.
Wiltshire Life (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway final furlong, kept on, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 6l behind Lollina Paulina (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.