Gabrial The Duke makes a quick reappearance after landing an apprentices' race here on Tuesday and is a winner without a penalty. This is much tougher, however, and TIGHT KNIT has the superior form despite not winning. The latter failed to land the odds at Southwell last time but earlier placed efforts on this surface give him a leading chance. Swing Easy and Diletta Tommasa arrive on the back of wins and the latter beat Lucky Mountain at Wolverhampton while it would be no surprise to see Emulating improve this year and he's another to consider in a competitive closer.
Swing Easy 4-7fav (8-13) Raced wide close up, ridden 2f out, headway to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov beating Aficionado (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Tight Knit (USA) 4-9fav (9-7) Broke smartly, led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Misleading Promise (8-11) at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Feb.
Diletta Tommasa (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, effort on outer to press leader from 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb beating Naru (9-7) by nk, 3 ran.
Emulating (IRE) 5-2fav (9-1) In touch in 5th on inside, pushed along halfway, effort on inside 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 6l behind Jodies Jem (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Lucky Mountain 4-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden and headway 2f out, chased leading pair over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Naru (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Gabrial The Duke (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) Took keen hold, tracked leaders on inside, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well to go clear final 110 yards, won at Lingfield 1m 2f Apprentice Handicap (0-65) (3yo) (6) pol in Feb beating Flying Tempo (9-3) by 3l, 5 ran.