Gabrial's King didn't look the most straightforward when drifting off a straight line and failing to land the odds at this track a week ago. He does have the beating of Clean Bowled on that running, but looks worth taking on taking on today as he's likely to start a short-price once again. QUIXOTE could prove a safer option as he came up against a couple of progressive types in nurseries at the end of last year and this looks an easier task for Clive Brittain's charge. Waspy and Rhyme Royal are hard to fancy on their form to date, but it would be no surprise to see both improve making their handicap debuts today.
Quixote 11-4 (8-13) Towards rear, headway to track leaders over 5f out, pushed along halfway, ridden 3f out, chased winner 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Karma Chameleon (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Clean Bowled (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Complex (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Si Sealy (IRE) 40-1 (8-11) Chased leaders to 3f out, behind final 2f, last of 11, 31l behind Nameitwhatyoulike (8-11) at York 6f 2yo sll (4) gd in Jun.
Waspy 20-1 (9-0) Steadied start, held up in rear, no real progress over 2f out, eased when no chance inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 18l behind Ihsas (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep.
Rhyme Royal 100-1 (9-0) Led, headed well over 4f out, ridden 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Really Lovely (9-0) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) fbs in Dec.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 4-9fav (8-12) Steadied start, held up in last pair, good headway between horses inside final 2f, chased winner over 1f out, led narrowly and hung badly right inside final furlong, head high under pressure and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Complex (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Castalian Spring (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, lost 2 places inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 5l behind Spartilla (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f sll hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Aloysia 40-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 4, 19l behind Final Delivery (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Dec.