Noble Peace landed an apprentice handicap over this course and distance to end a long losing run last month and has not looked back since, winning two of his three subsequent races. He is up 4lb for his ready victory here last week and is currently thriving at this venue, so gets the vote to make this his fourth win in his last five outings.
Unforgiving Minute landed back-to-back claimers at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton towards the back end of last year and, despite struggling somewhat pitched into a handicap recently, he should be able to take advantage of a return to claiming company and complete his hat-trick in this code.
King’s Advice was sent off second favourite for the Ebor after landing eight of the nine handicaps he contested last season and, though he ultimately disappointed at York, he bounced back to something close to his best when second at Salisbury last time. His main opposition looks to come in the form of his stablemate Mildenberger, but a return to his best should be more than enough to see King’s Advice regain the winning thread here.
Nigel Nott improved on his debut run to get off the mark at the second time in a minor event at Chelmsford recently and, with the last home that day going in since he is taken to show the necessary improvement to follow up under a penalty. Dana Forever ran creditably at Wolverhampton on her return and is the obvious threat.
El Ghazwani made short work of the drop back in grade when a ready winner over this course-and-distance last month and, given the way he put the race to bed, he makes plenty of appeal from a 4 lb higher mark. He goes particularly well at this track, winning four times over this course and distance, and his claims of landing the double are there for all to see.
Alborkan ran creditably here on his second career start but was ultimately no match for an above-average winner. This step-up in trip should show him to better effect and, with further improvement anticipated, he should take all the beating in what looks a weak race.
Pilot Wings took advantage of a drop in the weights to get off the mark on his first run for Tony Carroll at Wolverhampton last month and, with that being an apprentice handicap, he comes into this race unpenalised. He still has a good bit of handicapping scope remaining and may progress again now at a yard in good form, so he is worth chancing to follow up with Hollie Doyle taking over in the saddle.
- 13:10 – NOBLE PEACE
- 13:40 – UNFORGIVING MINUTE
- 14:10 – KING’S ADVICE
- 14:45 – NIGEL NOTT
- 15:15 – EL GHAZWANI
- 15:50 – ALBORKAN
- 16:20 – PILOT WINGS