Our Gabrial went close at Lingfield last week but has had plenty of chances now. He may find one too good again here in IRISH TEARS. The latter posted a better effort when runner-up on his handicap debut over track and trip and makes more appeal than Mr Wickfield, also placed here last time and handicapping for the first time today. Avocadeau made the frame once again at Wolverhampton last week without threatening the winner but the handicapper refuses to relent and he'll likely find at least one too good in this.
Our Gabrial (IRE) 5-1 (8-1) Tracked winner, challenged over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, just held near finish, 2nd of 4, shd behind Pearl Spectre (8-7) at Lingfield 1m (3) pol.
Irish Tears 9-1 (9-3) Behind, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on on outside final furlong, went 2nd near finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Hedge End (9-6) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Mr Wickfield 8-1 (8-13) Soon chasing leader, every chance 2f out, chased winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace and no impression, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Tucson Arizona (8-11) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Avocadeau (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Led after 1f, hard ridden when strongly challenged over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Groovejet (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol.
Sydney James (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Steadied start, held up 4th, headway 2f out, ridden and went 2nd 1f out, switched right and kept on same pace inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 3l behind One Penny Piece (8-4) at Kempton 1m 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov.
Habdab 20-1 (9-1) Switched left start, held up in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 6, 6l behind Castle Combe (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.