Oh This Is Us finished runner-up in this race last year and has solid claims of going one place better this time around. He is a smart performer at best and generally holds his form well, so it is best to excuse his below-par run at Kempton last time. Oh This Is Us acts well round here, will be suited by the likely strong gallop, and Jamie Spencer is an interesting jockey booking for the yard. All in all, he should go very close.
This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type, and the newcomers don’t make much appeal on paper, so it looks a good opportunity for Lep to build on the promise of his two runs so far. He sweated up beforehand but caught the eye at Lingfield last time, shaping much better than the distance beaten suggests, still on the bridle and travelling strongly on the home turn. His effort petered out as if he would strip fitter next time, and has the ability to win a race of this nature.
This looks competitive for the grade and it could be worth taking a chance on handicap debutante Lady Melody. She is yet to build on the form of her debut run, but rates the type to progress now tacking low-grade handicaps. Lady Melody wasn’t unduly punished on her qualifying run over C&D last time and David O’Meara continues in good form.