Dragon Command made virtually all in a Chelmsford claimer last time to register his second career success without needing to be at his best. He capitalised on that drop in grade to win with ease and his prior form in a decent York nursery is enough to suggest he will be bang there in this contest. The drop in trip shouldn’t be an issue and he is taken to gain his third win of the campaign.
Made For All showed plenty of ability in tough conditions when finishing third at Haydock on debut and should have more to offer here on ground she handles. Karl Burke’s filly had every chance entering the final furlong before failing to quicken inside the final 100 yards, but that form sets the standard and she is expected to improve on it.
Too Big To Fail caught the eye on debut when fourth in a maiden at Nottingham 13 days ago and looks sure to improve on that effort after finishing with running left. She has plenty of scope for improvement and is fancied to break her maiden here. The main dangers appear to be the unraced Frankel filly Frankly Darling and My Poem, who represents the in-form Sir Michael Stoute yard.
Westbrook Bertie ran creditably to finish third in a Nottingham handicap on his return from an eight-month absence and he can build on that promising comeback. He showed he is still effective over 1¼m when granted a good test, but this step up in trip should suit him nicely and he is taken to get back to winning ways at the chief expense of the unexposed Lord Halifax.
Mac Ailey put in a career-best performance last Monday to win a 13-runner handicap over course and distance and he looks capable of defying a 6lb penalty. He saw the trip out well Last time and won in the style of a horse capable of cutting it at a higher class, so he should prove difficult to beat under similar conditions.
This is an open contest but C&D winner Kraka is going through a good spell of form and gets the nod. He finished third on soft ground at Brighton last time, proving he handles easy ground, and he looks fairly treated on a mark 5lb lower than the one he defied on turf last year.
Dutch Story ran better than ever to finish runner-up over C&D last time, putting five lengths between himself and the third, and he should be difficult to beat off the same mark. His only win was achieved here, so he clearly goes well at the course, he handles testing ground and he can give his in-form trainer Amanda Perrett another winner.