REVICH is a potent force round here (winner of 3 of his 5 starts at Chester) and he makes plenty of appeal from the plum draw on the back of a solid effort at Newbury 19 days ago. Next on the list is the unexposed Brentford Hope, who will need some luck from stall 9 but has the services of Ryan Moore and is armed with potential at this trip. Dulas and Grove Ferry are others to consider.
AS YOU LIKE is handicapped to win and looked back in form when third at Southwell last time, so a chance is taken on him to gain his second course success. Compadre has a consistent record over fences and goes well at the track, so he's a danger along with the similarly consistent Forgot To Ask.
ARMORY brings strong Group 1 form having finished placed in the Irish Champion at Leopardstown and this tight track should hold no fears having also finished runner-up in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley. Sangarius has been seen only twice since his impressive win at Royal Ascot in 2019 but remains with potential and had Bangkok and Palavecino in behind when scoring at Lingfield in December.
The suggestion in what looks a particularly open renewal is GLENCADAM GLORY who is well treated on his Ebor second last year and his prominent-running style is often seen to good effect around here. Not So Sleepy is another likely to be ridden on the pace if getting out sharply from stall 13 and he rates a threat. Cardano and Who Dares Wins, who has twice been placed in this, are also shortlisted.
EL ASTRONAUTE is a hugely likeable type who is well suited by the demands of this track, so he's taken to see off the less-experienced King's Lynn under a positive ride. Ainsdale is the pick of the remainder but needs to bounce back from a sub-par return.
RESTORER boasts an excellent course record and clearly goes well fresh, so he looks to have plenty in his favour. Alternative Fact wasn't seen to best effect in a pair of hot handicaps on his final starts in 2020, so is not taken lightly on this return to action, while Lawn Ranger is another to consider with his reappearance under his belt.
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