Lexington Force wasn’t fancied in the market – started at 25/1 – but he showed plenty of ability when making a winning debut at Kempton earlier this month, overcoming greenness to finish with a flurry and get the better of a much shorter-priced rival.
It was a taking performance, and Lexington Force was drawing further clear approaching the line, suggesting that the stiffer nature of the straight mile at this track will be right up his street. He should have too much class for this field and is confidently selected to come out on top.
This looks an interesting handicap with the Oliver Sherwood-trained Wheesht making plenty of appeal. He has shaped well in a couple of starts over hurdles so far, and enters handicaps from what looks a potentially lenient mark.
His hurdling debut form has worked out well, and he progressed as expected when second at Fontwell last month, and deserved extra credit for trying to come from last place in a steadily-run race. The step back up in trip will suit him now, and he looks very interesting, one of the least exposed in the field.
Miah Grace has proved progressive over hurdles this season, winning two of her four starts, and she shaped encouragingly on handicap debut at Leicester after seven weeks off last time.
She was still there with every chance approaching the last, but was unable to pick up having raced right along the inside, which isn’t the place to be at Leicester in testing ground. She is able to race from the same mark now and ought to be involved in the finish once more.