After The Fox should be much sharper for last month’s Rules debut and looks interesting making a quick switch to hurdling in a race that won’t take a great deal of winning, so he receives the vote. Finisher is entitled to be thereabouts on form, with Mille Sussurri and fairly useful Flat recruit Caffe Macchiato also feared.
Muckamore has shown plenty when runner-up at Leicester and Ludlow and sets a good standard. He seemed well suited by the step up to three miles last time, but he shouldn’t be too inconvenienced by the drop in trip, and the level of his form entitles him to be a strong favourite. Bumper-winner Vinnie’s Getaway was a clear second on his hurdles bow at Stratford in July but has a long absence to defy. The rest have plenty to find.
Hollywood Ken was well held on his sole start in points, but he has been shaping up quite nicely over hurdles and is certainly handicapped to strike if as effective over the larger obstacles. Seeanythingyoulike should remain competitive at this level, with Bathiva another to consider.
Playa Blanca powered clear at Market Rasen the other day and, provided the race doesn’t come too soon, he should be able to land the hat-trick under a penalty if his stamina lasts out. Tactical Manouevre is also looking to add to a winning sequence, so he’s also respected along with Stage Summit.
Putdecashonthedash was none the worse for a fall at Sedgefield in January when opening his account at Wincanton last time, landing some nice bets in the process. A subsequent 10 lb rise makes life tougher now, but the slightly longer trip will be in his favour, and he is the type to go on progressing now having got his head in front.
Fair Kate seemed unsuited by the emphasis on speed when midfield at Kempton on her latest start, yet she had previously looked one to keep onside when winning at Newbury, so she’s worth another chance to get back on the up. Fresno Emery back on softer ground and the returning Voodoo Doll rate next best.