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 decent bet to follow suit on his return visit. Having been attempted over seven-furlongs and a mile without much success, the choice was made to drop the son of Gregorian down in excursion to determine whether that might lead to a reversal in fortunes. So it proved. Always travelling off the back of strong fractions, Tim Easterby’s gelding picked up the conducting going well two out and from there onwards he never looked in almost any danger. Clocking an extremely smart speed figure to the bargain, the three-year-old ran way past the hopes of a horse rated just 58, also with relations within their rights to strike while the iron is still hot until being reassessed, it would be unsatisfactory when he failed to deliver the goods for the second time in a week under identical conditions.
Other than one tame campaign when racing much overly excited over an protracted 2m2f at Chester, DIOCLETIAN (best price 9-4) has shown a genuine natural propensity for soft earth and following another sound attempt with provide underfoot last time out, Andrew Balding’s inmate is fancied to regain the winning thread.
Having run a good race over 1m6f at Sandown before, the son of Camelot headed back into the Roodeye with high hopes he could go 1 place better, but after what could only be called a nightmare passage round the tight, left track track, he once again had to settle for a small role. Seemingly full of conducting going inside the finished half a distance, the four-year-old just got caught in traffic in a crucial point and by the time he’d wormed his way out of difficulty, the ultimate winner, Overhaugh Street, had got first run by the front. On the only other time Diocletian had encountered soft ground and a large, galloping track, he ran out a comfortable winner at Doncaster this time this past year and with additional rain inclined to be certain this competition will take a while getting, he is expected to place his stamina to great use.
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