An interesting race and MIDNIGHT RIVER may be the way to go having beaten a subsequent winner a shade cosily in a reasonable time at Uttoxeter earlier this month. He promises to be well suited by this longer trip. Ask For Glory routed a thin field at Wincanton when last seen and is a leading contender now upped in grade, though Topofthecotswolds shouldn't be taken lightly either.
It is to MOSSY FEN's credit that he achieved a useful level over hurdles last season given his build and profile screams chasing, and with the return to this trip sure to suit, he is marginally preferred to Galvin. Gordon Elliott's charge is the most talented of the sextet but his stamina for 3m isn't assured.
Lots in with a shout here but TRANCHEE has yet to finish outside the first two since joining David Loughnane and with more to offer at this trip he is taken to add to his recent course win. King's Lynn failed to justify support in the Ayr Silver Cup but had looked most promising prior to that so heads the list of dangers, with Jonah Jones and Tinto also very much considered in a useful sprint.
Dr Richard Newland and Cillin Leonard combined to take this last year and may be able to stage a repeat with CAPTAIN TOM CAT who doesn't look overburdened from a mark in the low 120s on the back of a pair of Uttoxeter novice wins. Nicky Henderson's Hijack and Fix Sun are similarly unexposed types and rate obvious dangers, while Our Power is also respected having won a strong race when last seen.
OCEAN WIND and Opera Gift stand out as promising young stayers with the narrow vote going to the former, who beat some established staying handicappers with plenty in hand at Newmarket. Calculation could also have a say if getting a good gallop to aim at.
SCARDURA is a likeable young novice chaser who quickened clear in good style when opening his account over fences at Newton Abbot last month. You can expect to hear plenty more of him and he’s taken to land the spoils up in class. On The Slopes boasts some tremendous form and likely has more in the locker for Chris Gordon. The improving Beat The Judge also makes a fair bit of appeal.
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