Skyhill has taken well to chasing and upped his game a notch when opening his account at Sedgefield in November off a career-low mark. He followed up over hurdles at Kelso last month, travelling better than most and seeing out the race well, and he is clearly in really good nick at present. He runs off just 3 lb higher than the mark he defied over hurdles last time, arrives here at the top of his game and looks the one to beat.
Ginger Fox has looked an entirely different proposition since joining David Loughnane’s yard in November and holds leading claims on this contest. The four-year-old got off to the perfect start for his new trainer at Kempton, when afforded a rare crack sprinting, seeing the race out well. He also ran well at Wolverhampton and was beaten only by one who enjoyed the run of things in front. Ginge Fox probably would have been seen to better effect had there been a stronger gallop, but he gets the chance to make amends here and make it two wins from three starts for his new stable.
The Night King is a four-time winner at this venue and has fallen to what appears a very workable mark. Mick Quinn’s charge has been plying his trade in a slightly higher grade of race than this for a while now, and this is the first time he has contested a class six since winning at this course more than a year ago. Connections will be hoping this step up in trip can help him regain some of his old spark and, with Adam Kirby in the saddle, The Night King makes plenty of appeal at an inviting price.