Maypole Class is firmly on the up over hurdles and showed improved form when second on his handicap debut – when he was unlucky to bump into a gambled-on improver – before scoring with more in hand than the bare result might suggest at Lingfield last month.
He tanked through the race before idling towards the finish but is very much the type to continue improving and is likely to win more handicaps. This further step up in trip should be firmly in his favour, so he is taken to defy a 7 lb rise and record back-to-back victories.
As De Mee shaped as if he would benefit from the run on his return from 21 months off at Cheltenham in November and he duly went as if retaining all his ability when sixth in the Becher Chase at Aintree the following month. He possibly still needed the run at Aintree, considering the length of his absence, but he again shaped better than the bare result would suggest, travelling typically strongly before weakening after the last having jumped it in second.
He should be spot on now and makes plenty of appeal off what is a tempting mark, especially as excellent conditional Bryan Carver takes off a valuable 7 lb.
Sing Out Loud took a step back in the right direction when fifth at Epsom in September and was not seen to best effect at Kempton last time when denied a clear run two furlongs from home. He is potentially well treated now, running off a rating 10 lb lower than his last winning mark, and he drops into a 0-70 for the first time here. He could be worth chancing at what should be an inviting price.