The experienced horses don’t set the highest standard here. But there’s one of Marco Botti’s called Speak in Colours, which was really well backed in its two previous outings. The first time out at Nottingham it was just caught at the line on heavy ground, and the next time at Ascot it showed an impressive turn of foot to win easily.
On the figures, there’s a fair bit to find, but this one could well be overpriced at 6/1 the moment, and I’ll definitely be backing him each-way.
Singlefarmpayment would be the one to beat if I believed he was fully fit, but Tom George’s stable aren’t in the greatest of form.
So I’m going to go with one called Doing Fine, which had a lovely prep over hurdles at Fontwell a few weeks back. He won at Cheltenham in April off a mark of 129, and was only beaten by two lengths when finishing really strongly in the Gold Cup at Sandown, where he went off 9/2 favourite.
The steep finish here will really suit him, and he can progress beyond his mark of 137. And, of course, having Noel Fehily on top is a massive plus.
A novice chase with two exciting horses making their chasing debuts, Big River and Give Me a Copper. Big River turned a competitive 3m 2f handicap at Kelso in March into a procession off a mark of 132, beating Seeyouatmidnight, who ran off a mark of 149.
Big River is a 150+ chaser, so decent form there, and Lucinda Russell has big plans for him, saying that he’s probably more naturally talented than Grand National winner Oneforarthur. If that’s the case, he’ll take a fair bit of stopping in this race.
Eve Johnson Houghton has a 2-year-old called Magnolia Springs that was massively impressive on debut at Newbury, and the third-placed horse, Veracious, was also impressive when winning next time out at Newmarket.
So Magnolia’s form has been strongly franked and it generated a Timeform rating of 91+ on debut, which is a sign of a really good 2-year-old.
If this steps forward at all, then I can’t see it being beaten.