This looks a very tricky Group 3 contest with question marks about most of the field, but with the rain hitting the track on Wednesday turning the ground soft, it really enhances the claims of King Ottokar.
Although the drop to a mile is a bit of a concern, he did travel really powerfully over ten furlongs Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, when an excellent third.
The way he travelled into the straight that today suggests that a strongly run mile on soft ground may actually suit him and now that he gets his favoured ground, he looks the one most likely to come home in front here.
Walking on Glass is an unexposed four year old taking on mainly a bunch of exposed horses, or horses that have shown very little worthwhile form here. He showed very little in his first three flat runs or his first three hurdle runs but given a little break, he duly broke his duck in a Navan handicap off a mark of 48.
That was quite a competitive race for the grade, with subsequent Galway festival winner Linger in second. Walking On Glass was then second on two handicaps, including when just touched off at Leopardstown off a mark of 58 and while he disappointed at the Curragh on Derby weekend, he ran a really solid race when fourth in a competitive Galway handicap off a mark of 62.
He now returns to hurdles off a mark of just 93 and if the improvement he has shown on the flat can be replicated back over hurdles, he could run a really big race here.Find a full range of odds from Salisbury and Tramore over on paddypower.com