Venetia Williams continues in great form and in the shape of Fanion d’Estruval she has another excellent chance.
The four-year-old won four of his five starts when trained by Guillaume Macaire in France and made the perfect start for his new yard at Newbury last month. That was only a handicap, but he blitzed his rivals in the style of a classy sort, strongly leaving the impression that he was ready for a step up in grade.
That was his third win in a row over fences, and his weight-for-age allowance will continue to stand him in good stead, so he is a confident selection at 13/8.
Capeland is another to showcase Paul Nicholls’ talents of eking out the best in his horses and he looks ready for this step up in grade now.
Arguably he is unlucky not to be two-from-two this season as he was set to go close when his stablemate forced him off the track at Ascot on his return last month, and quickly gained compensation when sauntering home over the same course and distance last time.
That was a clear career best and there may be even more to come from him, so he is taken to win what doesn’t look the strongest renewal of this Grade 2 at 7/4.
No Comment (7/1) has seemingly been targeted at a big handicap like this and commands maximum respect for his leading owner. He wasn’t seen to best effect when dropped back to two miles at Newbury last time, never going the pace in the rear and just plugging on without making an impact.
No Comment appeals as being on a very fair mark and, with the return to three miles a big plus, a very bold show is on the cards for an in-form yard.
*All odds correct at time of posting