Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote have won two of the last three runnings and Commonsensical is respected after his second place at Haydock last time.
However, our preference is for STATE PATROL who recovered from a slow start to finish a promising third at York on his debut.
Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote have won three of the last six runnings and can take this with CUBAN BREEZE, who has the best draw and showed good speed at Wolverhampton last time.
Ready Freddie Go is drawn alongside the selection and is feared most having made all in good style in a Musselburgh maiden most recently. Different Face, Madreselva and Virginia Plane are others who could go well.
Things didn’t work out for GALLIPOLI at Windsor last time and, having followed home the Royal Hunt Cup one-two at Sandown the time before, he’s taken to capitalise on stall two today.
Lincoln Park likes it here and is feared most, ahead of the well-handicapped Spirit Warning. Baby Steps and the Koukash pair of Gabrial The Saint and Penwortham possess good course form.
The hat-trick seeking Zamaani sets a useful form standard under his penalty, having won a Glorious Goodwood nursery last time out, but the significant potential of MYSTERY SMILES is preferred.
He’s an exciting prospect judged on his comfortable debut win at Windsor. Regional is another who won in good style on his first start.
He’s giving weight all round but JUDICIAL (NAP) has been in excellent form the last twice, winning a Group 3 two starts ago, and he’s got the advantage of a good low draw.
Last year’s winner Major Jumbo has a wider berth this time round, but is still very much respected.
The Mark Johnston-trained SKY DEFENDER beat all bar a highly progressive stablemate in a big field handicap at Glorious Goodwood last time and can go one better off the same mark today.
Data Protection arrives on the back of a good win at Newmarket but perhaps the main danger will be C&D winner Aasheq – who has been off for a year, but won on last season’s reappearance.
Olympic Conqueror and the keen-going Dalanijujo are drawn a bit wide for comfort, while the Richard Fahey trio (notably Pacino, who’s only gone beyond an extended 7 furlongs once in an 18-race career) have still to prove their stamina over this trip.
That leaves SNOW OCEAN, who’s just below his last winning mark (AW), looking the way to go from stall 1.
Heart Of Soul made all for last spring’s C&D win, but that was the exception rather than the rule with him and this has the potential to become tactical.
Any rain would suit Flood Defence, who’s on a career-high rating as she chases a hat-trick for her in-form yard, but EDINBURGH CASTLE is well up to winning off this mark when the cards fall his way.
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