Split Down South has done well since switching to the all-weather over the last few months and resumed winning ways at Chelmsford in mid-January, scoring over seven furlongs for the first time.
He ran well to go close under a penalty at this course recently, just getting going too late after six days off. He is down 1 lb for that performance and, now he has the hang of things over this trip, he is expected to continue in top form and get back to winning ways.
After a disappointing debut here last November, Merchant Of Venice went on to win three times in as many runs, completing the hat-trick at this course in March. He largely remained in form for the remainder of last season without getting his head in front again and made an encouraging return after six months off when fifth at Newcastle last month.
The seven furlong trip that day looked a little on the sharp side for him and, back up to a mile, he again ran creditably when a close fourth at Chelmsford earlier this month. He deserves credit for his consistency and is likely to go well again here, particularly considering three of James Fanshawe’s last six runners have emerged victorious.
Es Que Magic is back down to a good mark now and ran well after four months off when third over course and distance earlier this month. In fact, he was somewhat unlucky not to win, travelling well in the main before short of room after making good headway over a furlong out.
He stayed on well after being forced to switch in the final furlong and, off the same mark again here, he must remain of interest, particularly having been drawn ideally low.