ICE PYRAMID cost 130,000 guineas as a yearling but was picked up by new connections for £30,000 from Saeed bin Suroor at the Horses In Training Sale in October 2018. He has shaped with promise on both starts for this yard at this course, too, particularly catching the eye over this course and distance last month, making a big move from a less-than-ideal position and just having no extra in the finish. That form looks solid enough and he is open to further improvement now making his handicap debut from a workable mark.
This isn’t a strong race by any means and several are in with a chance. However, it could be worth chancing KODI KOH, who, admittedly has her quirks, but she generally goes well at this venue and is on her last winning mark. She did well to finish as close as she did over a mile and a quarter here last time given the position she came from and, though she will likely be ridden in similar style now, this is a weaker race and she could take advantage.
Ed Walker is in fine form at present and BOLD SUITOR has seemingly been brought along with handicaps in mind, so is of firm interest here from what looks a fair opening mark. He shaped well on his qualifying run in a fair race of its type at Kempton last time and he is bred to be much better than a mark of 66.
CANFORD BAY couldn’t get into his usual prominent position at Wolverhampton last time yet still ran well to finish fourth. There isn’t as much pace on here and he should be able to run more conventionally in this smaller field at a C&D he’s won over. Foxy Forever is a consistent veteran who is dangerous to discount while Commander Han has a chance but his attitude often lets him down.
This looks a weak race of its type and MONYA stands out by a country mile. She was a well-supported favourite on her debut at Wolverhampton last month and showed plenty of ability to boot, just held back by inexperience. There should be plenty of improvement to come on the back of that initial experience and it is hard to ignore her claims.
GUNMAKER remains with just one win to his name after 32 starts on the Flat, so supporting him clearly comes with risks attached, but he shaped well enough after a break at Chelmsford earlier this month to make him of interest. He is now down to a career-low mark, and he finished well enough last time to finish third despite his rider dropping the reins in the closing stages. This track may suit him better and he is worth chancing in an open heat.
TABAAHY ran well on his return from a break at Wolverhampton last month before disappointing at Southwell and, on a very attractive mark for a top yard, he makes plenty of appeal down in this grade on a surface he’s previously won on. Jeffrey Harris was a little unlucky in search of the hat-trick last time and can’t be discounted. Klopp and Everkyllachy should also be involved in the finish.