Snookered has been much improved since front-running tactics were employed, rattling off a hat-trick at Sedgefield before completing the four-timer at Wetherby in December. He was probably value for a bit extra at Wetherby as he was hassled up front for a long way and, judged on the finishing sectional, forced to go quicker than ideal as a result.
He found his good run of form coming to a halt when well beaten at Musselburgh last month before struggling to make an impact in a Grade 2 at Haydock last time. However, he is still one to be positive about and should have enough ability to fend off his challengers, with the switch to the all-weather not a problem.
On The Blind Side is without a win this season but looked back to his best when runner-up behind subsequent Ascot Chase winner Riders Onthe Storm last month.
In truth, he was well beaten by the winner, but he put plenty of distance between himself and the rest of the field and, with the third showing up well next time, that looks strong form in the context of this race.
Admittedly he was underwhelming when third at Kempton last time, but this is an easier task and he can take advantage.
Successful on both starts for Stef Keniry early last year, Trapper Peak narrowly completed the hat-trick on his first run for Justin Landy in October, and he then produced an improved performance to complete the four-timer at Fakenham.
A further rise in the weights – putting him on a 28 lb higher mark than when his winning run commenced – has proved too much for Trapper Peak, but he remains in good form and should be able to make his presence felt in this company.