This doesn’t look as competitive as the numbers suggest and this handicap shouldn’t take much winning. The horse that stands out is Bryn Du, who remains a maiden, but showed his best form in a first-time tongue strap when finishing third at Newcastle last time. That was just his second start in a handicap, and the form is working out well with the runner-up winning next time. There should be more to come from him, too, and he looks the one to beat from the same mark in this lesser class of handicap.
This looks a nice-looking minor event with several likely-looking newcomers on paper, but it may pay to side with experience, and Ya Hayati rates the type to take a significant step forward from his debut run. Out of a two-time Grade 1 winner, he is bred to be smart and was well found in the market when only sixth over this C&D earlier this month.
However, his lack of know-how was evident on that occasion, pushed along entering the straight and running green, unable to quicken but not persevered with once his chance had gone. That experience won’t be lost on him and he can overcome a wide draw here for leading connections.
Each Way Bet
Polybius wasn’t seen to best effect in a competitive race of its type at Newcastle last time and is well worth another chance from this sort of mark. He was left in an impossible position, still last entering the final 100 yards, and finishing strongly when getting a gap, beaten under two lengths. A hold-up performer, he shouldn’t be unsuited by a wide draw, and his record round here (three-time C&D winner) stands him in good stead, so he is fancied to be bang in the mix in an admittedly competitive handicap.