ONE WAY OR ANOTHER won a seller at Wolverhampton on Monday and with a 7lb claimer negating a penalty, he should have enough to take care of the higher rated Miami Gator and go in again. The latter remains out of form and was well beaten at this level at the end of the Turf season while Barachiel has a bit to find with the selection at the weights and Roe Valley has even more to do on today's terms. Spinning Ridge was in fine form at this time last year but finished last on his recent return from a layoff.
Barachiel 3-1 (9-4) Keen soon led, headed 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind Honest Strike (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Miami Gator (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 7l behind Aquilonius (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Dec.
One Way Or Another (AUS) 7-4fav (8-13) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, shaken up, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol beating Violent Velocity (8-13) by nk, 4 ran.
Roe Valley (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Always behind, 13th of 14, 34l behind Brown Pete (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Spinning Ridge (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 10, 22l behind Berlusca (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.