A LITTLE BIT DUSTY was well beaten in a handicap last time but went within a nose of winning a seller at Wolverhampton last month when Matraash landed a hat-trick. He had the re-opposing Ballyheigue a long way behind in third and Conor Dore's charge is taken to go one better in this. The lightly-raced Lascaux's best effort so far on the all-weather came at Southwell but Gabrial's Hope is a course and distance winner, though he arrives badly out of form. East Texas Red is even harder to fancy on these terms.
A Little Bit Dusty 7-1 (9-9) Led early, tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, well held over 1f out, last of 6, 21l behind Royal Alcor (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Ballyheigue (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Keen tracked leader until 7f out, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Matraash (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Dec.
Gabrial's Hope (FR) 20-1 (8-4) Led, headed over 6f out, chased leader, lost place over 3f out, ridden and weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 10l behind Ocean Applause (8-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
East Texas Red (IRE) 100-1 (8-4) Always towards rear, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Wakeup Little Suzy (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Dec.
Lascaux 7-1 (8-11) Led and clear with one other until over 4f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 39l behind Broxbourne (9-6) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.