UGO GREGORY (NAP) (best cost 7-4) ran out a pretty impressive winner within the C&D seven times ago and he needs to be graded a good stake to follow suit on his return trip. Having been attempted over seven-furlongs plus a mile without a lot of success, the decision was made to drop the son of Gregorian back down in trip to determine whether that might cause a reversal in fortunes. And so it proved. Always travelling off the rear of powerful fractions, Tim Easterby’s gelding picked up the running going well two out and from there onwards he never seemed in almost any danger. Clocking an extremely wise speed figure into the deal, the three-year-old conducted way past the expectations of a horse rated only 58, also with connections 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 next time in a week under equal conditions.
Apart from one tame effort when hurrying much overly excited over an elongated 2m2f at Chester, DIOCLETIAN (best cost 9-4) has demonstrated a true natural propensity for soft ground and adhering to another sound attempt with provide 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 son of Camelot headed back to the Roodeye with high hopes that he could go one place better, but after what might only be called a nightmare passage round the tight, left handed track, ” he once again had to pay for a small role. Apparently filled with conducting going within the final half a mile, the four-year-old just got caught in traffic in a vital point and from the time he’d wormed his way out of trouble, the eventual winner, Overhaugh Street, had obtained first run out of front. On the other time Diocletian had encountered soft earth and a large, galloping trackthat he ran out a comfortable winner at Doncaster this time last year and with further rain going to make certain this contest will take some getting, he’s expected to put his stamina to good use.

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