Rock Of Ages won over 1m6f here in December but has finished tailed off in both starts this year. Polytrack winner Lacey was well beaten on his only previous start at this venue while though Mister Bob has won a maiden race here he was nine lengths behind the winner when third over 1m3f last time. Kingaroo has won just the once since 2012 so, with the remainder arriving out of sorts, the way looks clear for KATIE GALE to make a winning reappearance. She scored over 2m at Kempton in September but had finished runner-up on the Fibresand earlier and debuts for a new trainer today.
Rock of Ages 10-1 (9-10) Started slowly, soon pushed along chasing leaders, led after 1f, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, lost 2nd 3f out, driven and weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 23l behind Omnipresent (9-13) at Southwell 1m 4f clm stks (5) fbs.
Lacey 4-1 (9-5) Close up in 4th, headway to join winner 7f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Travel (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Apr.
Mister Bob (GER) 7-2 (8-4) Slowly into stride, went 2nd after 2f, led briefly 3f out, chased winner, no impression when edged left 2f out, weakened into 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Jacobs Son (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Katie Gale 3-1fav (8-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, regained lead inside final furlong, just held on, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep beating My Manekineko (9-11) by hd, 12 ran.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway and switched right 2f out, stayed on, unable to get on terms, 4th of 11, 4l behind Arashi (9-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
All That Remains (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Held up off the pace in mid-division, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 28l behind Suprise Vendor (8-6) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr.
Our Golden Girl 20-1 (8-9) Held up in last trio, pushed along 3f out, effort on outside and plugged on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 5th of 11, 12l behind Novel Dancer (8-4) at Kempton 1m 4f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Kingaroo (IRE) 25-1 (8-0) In touch on outside, ridden over 5f out, soon lost place, weakened and eased over 2f out, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Magicalmysterytour (8-3) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Joyful Motive 33-1 (8-2) Led until 9f out, chased leader, pushed along over 6f out and again over 3f out, lost 2nd inside final 3f, chased leaders under pressure, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 9l behind Thecornishcowboy (9-13) at Windsor 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Bullseye Babe 33-1 (8-5) Mid-division, pulled hard, headway on outside when hung badly left and ran very wide over 4f out, soon no chance and well behind, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Arashi (9-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Layla's Boy 50-1 (8-0) Well off the pace in last pair, ridden and struggling over 3f out, never a factor, 5th of 6, 17l behind Jacobs Son (9-7) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs.
Freedom Flying 80-1 (8-8) In rear, pushed along 9f out, behind over 7f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 5, 27l behind Mr Burbidge (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f sell stks (6) fbs in Mar.