This is a strong three-year-old handicap, featuring some progressive, unexposed types, but Glorious Caesar earns the vote on the back of an especially eye-catching effort at Wolverhampton last time. Little went Glorious Caesar’s way at Wolverhampton as he was slowly into stride, held up off a steady pace, hampered at the end of the back straight and then had to weave his way through in the straight, meeting further trouble.
He was only beaten two lengths, despite so much going wrong, and he is clearly much better than he was able to show at Wolverhampton.
Maximum Effect trailed home at Chelmsford last time but that run was too bad to be true and she is better judged on previous efforts. She got off the mark at the fifth attempt at Kempton in October, gaining her reward for a string of consistent, creditable performances, and she then ran arguably her best race yet when a close-up second in a handicap at the same course.
She is on a fair mark and is capable of bouncing back under Oisin Murphy.
In Demand is a quirky sort and remains a maiden after 10 starts but he ran well to finish third in a handicap at Kempton last time and looks well treated off a 1lb lower mark.
He made rapid headway to pick things up a couple of furlongs out in that two-mile contest, but was headed approaching the final furlong and had no more to offer inside the last 100 yards. This drop in trip looks to be in his favour and he is worth siding with.
Auchterarder showed fairly useful form last season, winning twice and finishing placed on her other two starts, and the lightly-raced filly could have a bit more to offer. She had to settle for third on her final start last year, but arguably would have gone close to winning at Wolverhampton had she not clipped heels and lost ground on the turn for home.
She makes her handicap debut here, and the strength with which she finished last time suggests that this mark of 87 may underestimate her.
Bythebay created a good impression when finishing runner-up over this course and distance on debut last month and, with improvement on the cards, he looks the one to beat. He was only narrowly denied on debut, going down by three-quarters of a length, and is expected to get off the mark here.
Come On Bear has been in excellent form of late, scoring at Wolverhampton and Chelmsford, and she holds excellent claims of notching the hat-trick here. She has a 4 lb higher mark to contend with but is operating at the top of her game at present and has shown her effectiveness over seven furlongs on the all-weather.
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