UGO GREGORY (NAP) (best cost 7-4) conducted out a pretty impressive winner over the C&D seven times ago and he has to be rated a good bet to follow suit on his return visit. Having been tried over seven-furlongs along with a mile without a lot of success, the choice has been made to drop the boy of Gregorian back down in trip to see whether that might bring about a shift in fortunes. And so it proved. Always travelling off the back of strong fractions, Tim Easterby’s gelding picked the running well two out and from there onwards he never looked in almost any danger. Clocking an extremely intelligent speed figure into the bargain, the three-year-old hurried way beyond the hopes of a horse rated only 58, also with connections quite within their rights to strike while the iron is hot before being reassessed, it would be disappointing when he failed to provide the merchandise for the next time in a week under equal conditions.
Apart from one tame campaign when hurrying much overly excited over an extended 2m2f in Chester, DIOCLETIAN (best cost 9-4) has demonstrated a true all-natural propensity for soft ground and adhering to another sound effort with provide underfoot out time, Andrew Balding’s inmate is fancied to regain the winning thread.
Having run a solid race when runner-up over 1m6f at Sandown previously, the son of Camelot led back to the Roodeye with high hopes that he could go one place better, but after what might only be called a nightmare passing round the tight, left handed track, he had to settle for a small role. Seemingly full of running heading inside the last half a mile, the four-year-old just got caught in traffic at a critical point and from the time he had wormed his way out of difficulty, the ultimate winner, Overhaugh Street, had obtained first run in front. On the only other time Diocletian had encountered soft earth and a large, galloping trackthat he ran out a comfortable winner at Doncaster this time this past year and with additional rain likely to be certain this competition will take a while getting, he is expected to put his stamina to use.

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