It is very hard to oppose PALACE PIER as he is a top-class racehorse and is miles clear on ratings. Order of Australia was a surprise winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland in November but he remains unexposed at this trip and rates the main threat on form, while stablemate Lope Y Fernandez disappointed in the Lockinge at Newbury but can bounce back on this faster surface.
GISBRUN was taking on exclusively newcomers at Newbury last month, but it's hard to find fault in a 6.5-length victory backed up by the clock. His strength at the finish was most impressive and he's fancied to wear down Kaufymaker, who, like many Wesley Ward-trained representatives, comes with a big reputation. The Acropolis will go on improving and completes the shortlist.
BATTAASH has an exemplary record when fresh and probably won’t have to be at his best to win this for a second time. Winter Power is the clear danger on her stunning York performance, though Que Amoro gave the selection a scare in the Nunthorpe last summer and could be primed for a big run on her reappearance.
Last year's Chesham winner BATTLEGROUND arrives here fresher than most having not had a hard race in the 2000 Guineas, but the weight of support for him that day was telling, and this strong, lengthy colt is worth another chance at this more suitable track. Poetic Flare has been kept busy since his win in the 2000 Guineas and has the best form in the book, with Lucky Vega just behind.
Willie Mullins and Ryan Moore have been a potent combination in this and M C MULDOON makes plenty of appeal returning to the level after some fine runs over hurdles. His all-conquering yard have another solid contender in Rayapour and he is unlikely to be far away. Elysian Flame and Lucky Deal are both appealing runners at bigger prices for the home team.
FELIX has gone from strength to strength for Marco Botti and ran a screamer under Oisin Murphy in the Dubai Turf when last seen. Proven fresh, he's given the vote in a wide-open Wolferton that again looks a very good race for a listed contest. Impressive Epsom winner Blue Cap is next on the shortlist, ahead of Patrick Sarsfield and Solid Stone.
Plenty in with a shout in a cracking handicap. THRONE HALL still has few miles on the clock and, with this longer trip expected to suit, he can continue his fine recent form and claim his most valuable prize yet. November Handicap winner On To Victory and Irish-raider Saldier are feared most, with the returning Dubious Affair and well-weighted Sam Cooke (reserve) also well worth considering.
TRY PREMIUM TIMEFORM FREE
Enter TFP10 when you register and we will give you £10 to spend on ratings or tips for upcoming racing. No deposit. No catches.
Looking for more free bets?