Eclair de Guye was a game winner off this mark at Fontwell earlier in the season, showing much improved form to resume winning ways, and has shaped better than the bare form figures suggest in his three subsequent outings.
He wasn’t disgraced when fifth in a better race than this at Fakenham last time, suggesting he is still in good form, and he makes plenty of appeal here now dropping back in grade. He is still unexposed at this trip and he looks one of the more straightforward sorts in this field. Bryony Frost is a good jockey booking.
A winner on his sole start in points, Carlow Farmer made a promising start to his Rules career when third at Exeter a couple of months back, and took a step forward from that effort when again finding just two too good at Doncaster last month.
He didn’t look the finished article on that occasion, but is entitled to come on for his two runs and remains open to plenty of improvement. This looks a slightly weaker race than the previous two he has contested, so he holds excellent claims of opening his account at the third time of asking.
Arctic Gold turned in a couple of respectable thirds – once over hurdles and once over fences – for Nigel Twiston-Davies at the back-end of last year and looks potentially well treated on the pick of his form. He is 17lb lower than his last winning mark as he makes his first start for Fergal O’Brien, who traditionally does well with new recruits.
He may be worth chancing to bounce back and regain the winning thread in what looks to be a highly-competitive race.