Lihou goes well around Chester and was successful over this course and distance from a 1 lb higher mark last season. He has been in good heart this season, notably finishing third at Chepstow last month and running right up to his best when runner-up here last week, only headed in the final 100 yards. He is able to race off the same mark here, so is clearly fairly handicapped, and should launch a bold bid from a favourable draw in stall 1.
Revich didn’t shape with a great deal of promise on his first couple of outings, seemingly failing to apply himself in the early stages when fifth at Newmarket last month. However, he proved to be a different proposition here – a track he goes well at – with a visor fitted for the first time. He was well backed, sent off the 3/1 favourite, and he justified that support in good style, making eye-catching headway out wide under two furlongs out, powering home to win by a couple of lengths. That was his second win at the track from only four starts and, from stall 1, he should go close under a 5 lb penalty.
Broken Spear was a disappointment when well supported at York last time, but he ran creditably at Catterick on his previous outing and looks to have dropped to a fair mark. He is on a long losing run which stretches back to October 2018, but there are good reasons to expect a bold bid from a handy draw in stall 3. He goes well with cut in the ground, so will not be inconvenienced if conditions deteriorate, and ran well to finish third on his only start here, while the Tony Coyle yard has been in good form of late.