CREATIVE FORCE looks a pattern-class performer having recorded a brace of handicap wins at Newmarket this spring and the 3 lb he receives from Tactical tilts the scales in his favour. Spycatcher advanced his form when third in a Group 3 last time and is perhaps best of the rest.
FANCY MAN appeals back at what could turn out to be his optimum trip assuming this doesn't come too soon after last week's Chester exertions. John Leeper and Flyin' High have both looked good in Newcastle novices this spring and could be the pair to give him most to do.
2019 St Leger hero LOGICIAN met with the first reverse of his career in the Cumberland Lodge last autumn in a truncated season due to illness but is strongly fancied to return in style after a 7-month break. Al Aasy rates much the biggest threat on the back of his easy John Porter win over C&D, with Thunderous appealing as the pick of the rest after showing more encouraging signs at Newmarket.
CLOUDBRIDGE went close at pattern level on his final outing as a juvenile and is selected to make a successful return for the Charlie Appleby team. Bellosa was impressive on her C&D debut at the Craven meeting and looks well capable of making her presence felt up in class so she's put forward as the main danger ahead of Devilwala.
HIGHLAND ROCKER was well on top of a subsequent winner at Ripon last month and, with his previous form proving strong, he makes plenty of appeal. Bay Bridge, Tamborrada and King Frankel are a trio of others to take seriously in what promises to be an informative renewal of the London Gold Cup.
Preference in this highly competitive handicap is for JUMBY, who shaped significantly better than the bare result over C&D on his seasonal reappearance last month and he remains open to improvement. Operatic represents an in-form yard and needs considering, along with Jadwal and the unexposed Seven Brothers. The likeable Perotto is also shortlisted, along with Barney's Bay.
PALACE PIER is Timeform's current highest-rated Flat horse in training so is hard to oppose having made an impressive winning return in the bet365 Mile at Sandown 3 weeks ago. Lope Y Fernandez went close at this level a few times last season and looks set for another good campaign judged on his comeback win at Leopardstown, while My Oberon looks most progressive and is worth a shot at this level.
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