Spirited Guest was unable to make it back-to-back victories when failing to justify strong market support at Wolverhampton last month, but quickly regained the winning thread with a comfortable victory on his next start at Chelmsford. He won with more in hand than the bare margin might suggest and is taken to build on that with another strong performance here.
Affluence had a bit in hand when resuming winning ways back on the Flat at Chelmsford, and, still unexposed as a stayer, he looks the type to appreciate this step up in trip. He is up 5lb for his recent victory but that is offset by Jacob Clark’s 7lb claim, so he must be taken seriously at a track he has tasted success at in the past.
Colouring found only a talented Godolphin horse too good in a Kempton novice last month and is certainly open to further improvement now sent handicapping. The assessor may have handed her a lenient opening mark on her debut in this sphere and Ed Walker’s well-bred filly – a half-sister to the useful Lapili and Deia Glory – is taken to get the better of the in-form pair Birkenhead and Colonel Whitehead.
El Ghazwani returned to form when fifth at Kempton last month and promised even more for a long way given how he travelled. He arguably didn’t get the trip that day and should be suited by the drop back to 10f here, with all three of his career victories having come over C&D. He looks sure to mount another bold bid.
Red Gunner is going through a purple patch at present, keeping on well to win at Wolverhampton earlier this month before following up with plenty in hand at Chelmsford shortly after. He remains potentially well treated from only 5lb higher and is taken to bring up the hat-trick. Foresee took advantage of a reduced mark to record back-to-back victories at Kempton and Wolverhampton earlier this month and looks to be the main danger.
Naizagai built on his debut promise when runner-up in a novice at Newmarket earlier this month, and, with the third that day winning since, he looks likely to take a bit of stopping against an inexperienced field. Khalid Abdullah’s Transition looks the obvious one to follow him home following two promising runs, ahead of the nicely bred newcomers Line of Enquiry and Moomba.
My Law got back on track from a career-low mark over C&D earlier this month following a step up in trip and the addition of first-time cheekpieces, and she may be capable of going one better here if showing up in similar form. Trainer Jim Boyle is not having a great time of it at the minute, but he will be hoping that Luke Catton’s 7lb claim can give his charge an extra edge and help record the yard’s first win since August.
12:10 Spirited Guest
13:55 El Ghazwani
14:25 Red Gunner
15:30 My Law
* All odds correct at time of posting.