The horses that have already had a start this year I’m going to try and make this a true test, which will suit Mr Lupton. He loves to finish late offer strong gallop, while trip, track and ground are all fine for him. In fact with the forecast rain it will suit him better than most.
An each-way player in this cavalry-charge seems the way to go. Sir Roderic had a win this season but as a result dropped 16lbs in the handicap and can race off a mark that should be competitive. There is one other vital factor: he returns having had a wind operation.
The ground will also hold no fears.
Intern has only had eight lifetime starts and is already with his third trainer, he does have a bit to find on official ratings however the one thing he does have in the locker is race fitness the top two in the market are both coming off long absences and under these conditions that may just tell, at a price he can go well
On numerous occasions Chelsea Lad has been printed off the board without coming up with the goods. Unsurprisingly he ran a cracker when unbacked on soft ground in the November handicap here over a mile and a half, but this is going to be a stern test over a mile and stamina for many is going to be an issue.
He goes well fresh and also is a big double-digit price to boot each-way at 16/1.
Langholm has that perfect early dark angel pedigree. Declan Carroll and Danny Tudhope team up with this 100,000 Euro yearling, who is by far the most expensive in the lineup, and an excellent jockey booking to suggest they mean business.
In these apprentice races it’s always wise to stick with an in-form rider we’ve landed on William Cox, who is flying at the moment. Abel Tasman hasn’t had too many races and since going handicapping has put up some much better performances. A chance is taken on him handling the underfoot conditions as he is out of a Sadlers Wells mare.