It’s difficult to overlook the claims of Agent of Fortune, who has been a revelation since joining Gary Moore and has won seven of her nine starts for the yard. She did especially well to score at Kempton on Monday, reeling in a progressive rival who secured first run, and she is of obvious interest under a 5 lb penalty, clearly thriving at present.
Good Effort is a sprinter firmly on the up and completed the hat-trick in style over six furlongs here last time. He produced a career-best effort to land that listed contest, never looking in any danger once getting to the front, and he scored with plenty in hand.
He drops back to five furlongs but has plenty of speed – as he showed when winning over the trip at Newcastle on his penultimate outing – and should prove difficult to peg back from the inside stall.
This is not a strong contest and Bombshell should prove difficult to beat. Joseph O’Brien’s raider was a close-up third at Dundalk last time and that is by far the strongest form on offer, while she also remains open to improvement after only three starts.
The others with experience have shown little, so newcomer Ice Ice Lady could be the biggest danger.
Bangkok failed to meet expectations when sent off at a single-figure price for the Derby at Epsom last season, but he has since proved to be a very smart colt and produced a career-best effort when bolting up in a listed race over this course and distance last time.
That race was run at a solid tempo which allowed Bangkok to fully assert his authority, and he pulled four and a half lengths clear to win in impressive style. That form is the best on offer and he will prove difficult to beat if running to a similar level here.
Arcanada shaped with encouragement when finishing third in a minor race on his return at Wolverhampton last time and he makes plenty of appeal on the back of that promising effort.
Arcanada may be a seven-year-old but he is clearly still capable of useful form and could prove difficult to peg back around a course where he has won three times from five starts. Almufti, who also has a good record here and was successful last time, may offer the greatest threat.
City Tour has shown improved form since blinkers were applied and he looks to hold strong claims of completing the hat-trick. He was a narrow winner at Kempton in December but then took a big step forward to follow up at the same venue last month, travelling smoothly and quickening smartly on his way to a four-length win.
He has a 9 lb higher mark to deal with here but is clearly thriving at present and should give another good account.
Behind The Wall showed little on debut but he took a big step forward when chasing home a decent prospect over this course and distance last week.
He was well positioned, racing handily, but it was still a promising performance and that represents the best form on offer.