UGO GREGORY (NAP) (best price 7-4) ran out a pretty impressive winner over the C&D seven times ago and he needs to be graded a decent bet to follow suit on his return trip. Having previously been attempted over seven-furlongs and a mile without a lot of success, the choice has been forced to drop the kid of Gregorian back down in excursion to see if that might bring about a shift in fortunes. So it proved. Always travelling off the rear of powerful fractions, Tim Easterby’s gelding picked the conducting going well two out and from that point onwards he never seemed in any threat. Clocking an extremely smart speed figure into the deal, the three-year-old hurried way past the expectations of a horse ranked just 58, and with connections quite within their rights to strike while the iron is hot until being reassessed, it would be unsatisfactory if he failed to deliver the merchandise for the second time in a week under identical conditions.
Apart from one tame campaign when racing much too keen over an protracted 2m2f at Chester, DIOCLETIAN (best price 9-4) has shown a genuine all-natural propensity for soft earth and following another sound attempt with give underfoot out time, Andrew Balding’s inmate is fancied to regain the winning thread.
Having run a good race over 1m6f in Sandown previously, the boy of Camelot led back to the Roodeye with high hopes he could go 1 place better, but following what could only be described as a nightmare passing round the tight, left-handed track, ” he had to settle for a minor function. Apparently full of conducting heading inside the final half a distance, the four-year-old just got caught in traffic at a critical stage and by the time he’d wormed his way out of difficulty, the eventual winner, Overhaugh Street, had got first run out of the front. On the other time Diocletian had struck soft ground and a large, galloping track, he ran out a comfortable winner at Doncaster this time this past year and with further rain going to be sure this contest will take some getting, he’s expected to put his endurance to great use.
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