Lady Knight showed nothing on Polytrack before runner-up in a four-runner race at Southwell. She's the regular ride of Liam Jones, who partners her instead of stablemate Bonjour Steve whom he's ridden three times in the past. The latter has run his best races on Turf, including on soft ground at Deauville in October. Richard Fahey tries Our Gabrial in blinkers for the first time as the son of Rock Of Gibraltar can't get his head in front. He's rarely beaten far and, if the headgear works, he has to be a threat. ALFAAYZA makes her handicap debut and has produced her best two runs to date on Polytrack so she's given the nod over Karl Burke's other entry Truancy, who landed a maiden over 7f here and didn't run badly in a better race than this at Lingfield on Saturday.
Our Gabrial (IRE) 11-10 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along and carried head high halfway, ridden and slightly outpaced 3f out, headway over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, last of 3, 3 1/2l behind Black Vale (8-12) at Southwell 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Truancy (IRE) 3-1 (8-12) In touch, outpaced halfway, headway over 2f out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Examiner (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp (4) pol.
Alfaayza (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, lost place 1f out, no impression in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 6l behind Fractal (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol.
Lady Knight (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Pressed leader, pushed along over 3f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Bonnie Fairy (8-2) at Southwell 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Dec.
Bonjour Steve 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4l behind Drive On (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.