UGO GREGORY (NAP) (best cost 7-4) ran out a fairly impressive winner over the C&D seven times past and he needs to be rated a good bet to follow suit on his return trip. Having been tried over seven-furlongs plus a mile without much success, the choice had been made to drop the child of Gregorian down in excursion to find out if that might bring about a change in fortunes. And so it proved. Always travelling well off the back of powerful fractions, Tim Easterby’s gelding picked the running well two out and from that point onwards he never looked in almost any danger. Clocking a very intelligent speed figure into the deal, the three-year-old conducted way beyond the hopes of a horse ranked just 58, also with relations within their rights to strike while the iron is hot prior to being reassessed, it would be unsatisfactory if he failed to provide the goods for the next time in a week under equal conditions.
Other than one tame campaign when racing far too keen over an extended 2m2f at Chester, DIOCLETIAN (best price 9-4) has demonstrated a genuine all-natural propensity for soft ground and adhering to another sound attempt with give underfoot out time, Andrew Balding’s inmate is fancied to regain the winning thread.
Having run a solid race over 1m6f in Sandown before, the son of Camelot led back into your Roodeye with high hopes that he could go one place better, but following what could only be described as a nightmare passage around the tight, left-handed track, he had to pay for a minor role. Apparently full of running going within the finished half a distance, the four-year-old just got caught in traffic at a very important stage and by the time he had wormed his way out of difficulty, the eventual winner, Overhaugh Street, had obtained first run from the front. On the only other time Diocletian had struck soft ground and a large, galloping track, he ran out a comfortable winner in Doncaster this time this past year and with rain inclined to be sure this competition will take a while getting, he’s expected to put his endurance to good use.
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