Mr Mcgo ran well in a tougher race than this at Kempton on Boxing Day, particularly as he was 1 lb out of the handicap, committing further out than ideal before tiring late on. He certainly gave further weight to the belief that three miles may be too stiff for him, so should be suited by today’s distance of 2m5f.
He has run well on all three of his starts this terms and still looks to be on a fair mark judged on his hurdles form, particularly after being eased 2 lb for his most recent run. He makes plenty of appeal here, particularly with Brian Hughes back in the saddle, and gets the vote to get off the mark in this sphere.
Mymilan left his hurdles form well and truly behind when making a successful chase debut in likeable fashion at Carlisle last month, going with enthusiasm and jumping well at each of the five fences (a fair amount of obstacles were omitted).
He should have no problem staying this longer trip and, though he is up 6 lb for his recent success, the form of that win has since been franked, so he takes ready preference in this race with further improvement anticipated.
Velvet Vision probably wasn’t seen to best effect at Newcastle in November but shaped much better than the bare result may imply. She was slowly into stride and looked as though she may be better suited to a shorter trip following an aggressive ride, so this step back to a mile should work in her favour.
She certainly has the pedigree to suggest she can be effective on this surface – her dam was successful on her sole start on fibresand – so she is worth chancing to land the spoils on her first outing for Mike Murphy.