Newcomers Bickerstaffe and Cottam Lane are in good hands so not without interest, especially if the market speaks in their favour, but BURNING CASH sets a good standard on his wide-margin Chepstow win so is impossible to oppose for his in-form handler.
Dan De Light warrants plenty of respect on his nursery bow for the in-form Tim Easterby yard but it’s hard to ignore the credentials of the improving TWO COP BOP (nap) who can be confidently expected to build on his fine second here to open his account over this longer trip.
A case can be made for plenty but the most persuasive one is for UGO GREGORY who came good at about this time last year with a 6f win in the mud and can strike again today with ground conditions back in his favour. Inexes heads the list of dangers, although fellow C&D winner Quanah is another well worth a second look, along with Lucky Lucky Man.
As MAGNA MORALIA had to overcome trouble in running when winning over C&D last time, he can confirm his superiority over Viceregent on these slightly worse terms. Our Girl Sheila could also go well but is unproven over this trip.
Citronella is an intriguing debutante for the Mark Johnston yard and is well worth a market check, while Will Sommers and Doubling Dice have the potential to make their mark too. But AL KHABEER rates the most solid option on the back of his excellent Beverley handicap second.
Although Ayr Poet has a sound chance at the weights as he is unpenalised for his Ayr win last week, preference is for RETIREMENT BECKONS, who has been in decent form and will relish these underfoot conditions.
Although more exposed than her rivals, this can go to proven mudlark SIENNA DREAM, who has been in good form and shapes as though this step up in trip will suit. Antico Lady and Kayewhykelly look her main threats.
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