Heredia won both of her starts as a juvenile and her first two last season, looking a good prospect as she overcame the run of the race in a competitive handicap at York and confirming that when following up in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot. Her form tailed off afterwards, but she showed that she retains all of her ability on her return to action when runner-up to a very progressive filly in a listed race at Newmarket last month. The winner that day has since won the Duke of York Stakes, so the form is solid, and Heredia will relish the step back up in trip.
Lights Are Green was in the process of running well on chase debut before departing and he has built on that promise in no uncertain terms since, displaying a good attitude when winning a handicap at Hexham and making all of the running well following up at Cartmel last week. He was well in command at the line on that occasion, leaving the impression he has even more to offer, and he is fancied to defy another 8 lb rise in the weights.
True Legend is yet another Sir Mark Prescott-trained horse who has shown much improved form since entering handicaps in his three-year-old season, relishing the five furlong longer trip when opening his account on return at Newcastle last month and comfortably following up under a penalty at Salisbury 16 days ago. He wasn't fully extended to do so, either, tackled approaching the final furlong, but finding plenty and edging to his right close home. True Legend is 7 lb higher now and in a much deeper race, but he should relish the extra emphasis on stamina and is well up to completing a hat-trick.
This isn't a deep race by any means and it looks an excellent opportunity for Playtogetaway to record another win. He showed improved form to make a winning start in handicaps at Huntingdon in April and he was value for extra than the official margin, having to wait to mount his challenge but always travelling smoothly and asserting in the final furlong. There should be plenty more to come from him and a subsequent 5 lb rise shouldn't be enough to stop him.
Caius Chorister made rapid progress through the handicap ranks last season, rattling off a five-timer (which included two wins over course and distance) before running a mighty race to finish runner-up in the Melrose at York. She wasn't at her best afterwards, but those runs came at the end of a long season, and she resumed her progress after seven months off when runner-up in heavy ground over a mile and a quarter at this track. This race will likely have been one of her main early-season targets and she should be spot on now.
This isn't a deep race so it is worth taking a chance on Sunday Evening to show improved form now making her handicap debut. She has a useful pedigree but showed only modest form in three starts last season, though she wasn't given a hard time, and is surely capable of better now for respected connections. An opening mark of 58 shouldn't be beyond her, while the fitting of first-time cheekpieces may also eke out some improvement.
It could be a one-two for the Willie Mullins yard, with Katou taken to get the better of stablemate Rule The Wind. The latter was turned over when a warm order at Kilbeggan but that run can be excused and he is a big player judged on his Tipperary hurdles debut second. However, it looks significant that Paul Townend is aboard Katou, who shaped well on debut in a Thurles bumper in December and is likely to be seen in a better light now switched to hurdles
Gone produced a career-best effort to record her third win in her last six starts in handicaps at Carlisle 12 days ago over a similar trip to the one she faces here and there was plenty to like about the manner of that success. She appeared to relish the extra distance, produced to lead around a furlong out and always holding the closers near the finish. She is just 2 lb higher now and seems sure to launch another bold bid.
Admiral's Sunset had fallen to an attractive mark (7 lb lower than her last winning one) and she was clearly rejuvenated by another breathing operation when running out a surprise winner over just short of two and a half miles at this track 13 days ago. She produced a performance that was on par with the pick of her efforts from last summer and she has plenty of form at around this trip, too, so she has solid claims of following from 4 lb higher.