Arabic Culture was unlucky to bump into an unexposed three-year-old at Newcastle last month, but that was a good effort and confirmed he is in top form. He was only narrowly beaten at Newmarket the time before and can gain compensation at a venue where he performs well (three-time course winner).
Matewan looked better than ever when winning at Ripon in August and is relatively unexposed so should provide the biggest threat, but Arabic Culture could be a tough nut to crack while in such excellent form.
Stay Classy put in her best effort of the season to cash in on a falling mark at Lingfield last month and has strong claims off just a 1 lb higher mark. The application of cheekpieces for the first time seemed to have a positive impact at Lingfield, as did the presence of excellent 7 lb claimer Angus Villiers in the saddle.
Villiers is on board again and Stay Classy can follow up at the chief expense of Bubble And Squeak. Bubble And Squeak tends to contest stronger contests than this and arrives on the back of a respectable effort at Lingfield so she is the main danger.
Olympic Conqueror was well beaten at Doncaster last time but he had looked progressive prior to that and is worth chancing to get back on the up. He was successful at Redcar on his penultimate outing, where he travelled fluently and looked to score with a bit in hand, so he looks well treated off just a 3 lb higher mark.
He took to the all-weather well when beaten less than a length on the Polytrack at Chelmsford in September, so there is no reason to think he won’t be effective on Tapeta, and there could still be more to come from the three-year-old.
*All odds correct at time of posting.