He was a little disappointing on the face of it last time at Exeter, though I think he’ll be much more suited by conditions here, and can reverse the form with Kateson from that last run.
He’s a half-brother to Paisley Park, so this step up to 3 miles should really suit, which can’t be said for the second favourite Kateson, who hasn’t got home over the trip in the past.
The rest of the runners bring weak handicap form to the table, and none of them have the scope that Present Value has to improve, being just a five-year-old.
He’s a strong fancy to take this.
Tom George’s runner has been well beaten on both chase starts this term though has shaped much better than the result on both occasions and could be set to take advantage off his falling mark of 116.
He travelled really well in a first time hood (retained here) at Newbury last time, just being done for speed late on in a race that wasn’t run to suit. This doesn’t look the strongest race to me, although the unexposed Ibleo for Venetia Williams is of interest, but Bucks Bins should go close.
I’ve been following Michael Halford’s runner since running some strong times and sectionals at Dundalk over the winter and I quite fancy him to take this.
He ran two weeks ago at this track was in a handicap and was very unlucky not to come out on top, having to wait for a run allowing the winner to get away from him.
He’s only 2lb higher here and is drawn in stall one. Provided luck in running, I think he’ll be very difficult to beat.
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