Clog Maker has been off the track since making his debut in May, but, while the absence is a slight concern, he makes his return with the Mark Johnston team in excellent form. Clog Maker is a promising sort and showed plenty to work with on his debut at Haydock, not beaten far in fourth, and that form sets a fair standard.
Dangerous Ends has been in excellent form of late and has hit the frame on his last four outings. He looked unlucky not to score at Lingfield last time as he was hampered four out and still had plenty to do entering the straight but finished fast to get within a short-head of the winner. That effort suggested Dangerous Ends is capable of winning from this sort of mark, and he can register a deserved success.
Entangling has returned from a near-two-year absence in excellent heart and followed up a win at Lingfield with even better efforts in defeat the last twice. He shaped well when runner-up last time, doing well to finish second despite not being suited by the steady pace, impressing with how strongly he came home. He has more to offer if getting a stronger pace or ridden more prominently.
King’s Advice racked up eight wins during a highly productive campaign last season, showing a tremendous attitude and constitution. He was beaten on his return at Lingfield last month but could be a different proposition with that outing under his belt, likely to be much sharper for the run. He sets a clear standard on form and will be tough to beat if back to his best.
Sparkalot has a good record here – he has won four times over this course and distance – and he ran well over this track and trip last time when finishing fourth. He has fallen to a fair mark and looks capable of scoring off this rating. This is a competitive contest and plenty can be given a chance, including Wiley Post, who produced a career-best effort to score over course and distance last time and remains fairly treated. He could be the main threat.
Griggy is operating at the top of his game and made it three wins from his last four outings when landing a handicap at Wolverhampton last time. That was a career-best effort from Griggy, who has struck up a tremendous partnership with Adam Kirby and is expected to launch another bold bid from a 7 lb higher mark. He gets the nod over Swissal, who took advantage of a falling mark when striking at Chelmsford last time and remains well treated.