The Composeur has been hit with a 10lb rise for winning on his handicap debut at Huntingdon, but he was extremely impressive on that occasion and such a hike in the weights looks fully justified. He had shown little in three starts in novice company but he relished the step up in trip on his handicap debut, cruising through the race like a well-treated horse before quickening clear in style to win by six lengths.
The five-year-old pulled clear of a couple of unexposed rivals and had plenty in hand, so should prove difficult to beat again.
Winning Irish pointer Catchmeifyoucan made little impact in novice company but has improved since switching to handicaps, finishing runner-up at Bangor in November and showing enough to suggest she can defy this lowly mark.
She has failed to repeat that effort on her last couple of starts but shaped better than the distance beaten suggested at Doncaster last month, unsuited by racing towards the inside on ground that appeared slower. She could still have more to offer, trainer Jennie Candlish is in good form and she appears to be on a fair mark, so she holds rock-solid claims.
Agamemmon is proving consistent and followed up a victory at Sedgefield with a creditable third at Doncaster last time. He held every chance at the second-last at Doncaster but was unable to maintain his effort and was eventually beaten a shade more than eight lengths.
However, that was arguably an even better performance than his Sedgefield success as he was competing off an 8lb higher mark, and it underlined the feeling that he is operating at the top of his game at present. He can be relied upon to give another good account under leading rider Brian Hughes.