EQUIDAE (second) and Three C’s (won) dominated a race over a mile at this course last week and could fight this out, too. If so, the first-named is preferred as he’ll be suited by the drop back in trip, is 5lb better off with his old rival and is much lower in the weights than when winning here last year. Fly True is expected to bounce back quickly, so she’s another one to consider.
Miller’s House might need this first experience but he has an eye-catching dirt pedigree – a half-brother to useful US two-year-old one-mile winner Hollywood Glory – so it could be worth taking a chance on him given this doesn’t look the strongest race of its type and he hails from a yard in good form.
Old Harbour showed plenty at Chelmsford first-time out, so he’s another one to consider along with Godfather, who rattled home after enduring a rough race at Wolverhampton recently.
A competitive sprint but it’s hard to ignore the claims of MOVEONUP, who can race off a 7lb lower mark than when a creditable recent third over C&D on Tuesday. That was a much more competitive race and Moveonup should go very close here if in the same form. Big Time Maybe is feared most after his encouraging recent fourth, while Young Tiger is another C&D winner who can make his presence felt too along with in-form Red Stripes.
Nigel Nott remains lightly raced for a four-year-old and is firmly on the progressive path now, showing improved form to win his last two starts. He also displayed a willing attitude when defying a penalty at Lingfield last time, shaping as though the step back up to six furlongs will suit. Nigel Nott has to prove he handles fibresand, but he looks well treated now entering handicaps, and needs keeping on side for now.
DR JEKYLL took a step forward on his handicap debut at Lingfield where he finished third behind a couple of bang in-form rivals. There could be more to come from this low-mileage four-year-old and he is marginally preferred to Charlie Arthur, who produced his best effort yet when scoring over C&D last time.
Windsor Cross is lurking on a handy mark, but the handicapper may now have Velvet Vision’s measure.
BOLT N BROWN a recent hurdles winner at Ludlow, is taken to belatedly open her account in this sphere. She finished clear of the rest when runner-up over two miles at this course last month and this drop back in trip looks a good move. Motahassen is next on the list following a couple of solid efforts in defeat, while Mr Carbonator will also be a threat if the first-time visor has the desired effect.