UGO GREGORY (NAP) (best price 7-4) conducted out a pretty impressive winner within the C&D seven days past and he has to be rated a good bet to follow suit on his return visit. Having been tried over seven-furlongs plus a mile without much success, the choice has been forced to drop the child of Gregorian down in excursion to find out if that might bring about a shift in fortunes. So it proved. Always travelling well off the rear of strong fractions, Tim Easterby’s gelding picked the conducting well two out and from that point onwards he never seemed in any threat. Clocking an extremely intelligent speed figure into the deal, the three-year-old ran way beyond the expectations of a horse rated just 58, and with connections quite within their rights to strike while the iron is still hot prior to being reassessed, it would be unsatisfactory if he failed to provide the goods for the next time per week under equal conditions.
Apart from one tame effort when hurrying much too keen over an extended 2m2f in Chester, DIOCLETIAN (best cost 9-4) has proven a true natural propensity for soft earth and observing another sound effort with give underfoot last time out, Andrew Balding’s inmate is fancied to regain the winning thread.
Having run a good race when runner-up over 1m6f at Sandown before, the boy of Camelot headed back to the Roodeye with high hopes he could go 1 place better, but following what could only be described as a nightmare passage round the tight, left track track, ” he had to settle for a minor role. Apparently filled with conducting going within the finished half a distance, the four-year-old only got caught in traffic at a crucial stage and by the time he had wormed his way out of difficulty, the ultimate winner, Overhaugh Street, had got first run in front. On the other time Diocletian had encountered soft ground and a big, galloping trackthat he ran out a comfortable winner at Doncaster this time last year and with further rain inclined to be certain this competition will take some getting, he’s expected to place his endurance to good use.
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