Judged on Flat achievements the clear form choice is TIME VOYAGE, with Gold Desert next best. The two runners with hurdling experience have shown little.
It wouldn’t be a total surprise to see a better effort from Millie The Minx or Clondaw Fixer who are probably better than their latest displays suggest, but LOVELY SCHTUFF (NAP) looks on the upgrade and is much the most solid option. Dutch Canyon has a chance if this turns into a proper test, while Brotherly Company should give his running again and can pick up minor honours.
Several have possibilities in an open race of its type. The top two on the shortlist are the progressive contenders, MR MULDOON and Evander in that order of preference, but this is a competitive affair on the figures and it’s best to tread carefully.
Lord Napier has a good chance if staging a revival and Ming Dynasty is an interesting Irish raider, while a few others are also hard to dismiss. Most of the runners are chase debutants.
Gin Coco is one to consider after a promising hurdle debut in France and dual Flat winner Highland Sky has possibilities now switched to hurdles. But, JACK YEATS showed a useful level of form both on the Flat and when third in quite a competitive Limerick maiden hurdle in June and looks the one to be on.
Doing Fine looks sure to be on the premises, but preference is for another proven stayer in PETITE POWER for a stable which has enjoyed so much success recently. 2018 winner Brian Boranha is so well handicapped that he is feared most, although Duc De Grissay with his potential could also be well treated. Bbold is another to consider seriously, for a trainer who has done well in this race.
This competitive affair may go to CAPONE, who regained the winning thread at Uttoxeter last month and remains unexposed at this trip. Second choice is Kingrullah, whose two course wins represent solid form. Third choice is Elysees, who should build on his latest effort. Rocco and River Frost are well treated back over hurdles.
Harry Whittington has a good record when making this long journey north and that tips the scales towards his newcomer DARGIANNINI. Democratic Oath has the best form on offer, but it would be no surprise to see either Lunar Sovereign or Master Malachy improve past him, while Cooper’s Cross has a recent point win on his record and also deserves a market check.
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