This looks pretty competitive but Mark Johnston has won the last two renewals and SKYTRAIN could well make it a treble for the Middleham yard. The latter returned to action with a defeat of Gabrial The Boss at Lingfield last week and is just preferred to handicap debutant Coincidently. Alan Bailey has booked Richard Hughes for the Kempton winner's comeback run and she should be thereabouts along with Run It Twice, who scored here last time and can effectively race off a lower mark with an apprentice's allowance taken into account. Sewn Up has something to prove over this longer trip and Newstead Abbey will need to step up on last month's win in a maiden here.
Coincidently 9-1 (9-0) Made all, ridden 1f out, held on well under pressure final furlong, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct beating Similu (9-0) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Newstead Abbey 2-9fav (8-12) Slowly away, in rear, headway on bit over 1f out, led last 100 yards, hard held, won at Wolverhampton 6f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb beating Loulou Vuitton (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Gabrial The Boss (USA) 5-1 (9-7) Close up in last place, ridden and headway entering final furlong, went 2nd inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Skytrain (8-10) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Run It Twice (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) In touch, headway to go 3rd 3f out, joined leader over 1f out, shaken up to lead entering final furlong, driven and ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb beating Tanawar (9-2) by nk, 5 ran.
Sewn Up 10-1 (9-6) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 2f out, headway on inner over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Boxing Shadows (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Skytrain 9-4 (8-10) Made all, ridden over 1f out, ran on, readily, won at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol beating Gabrial The Boss (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.