It's hard to get away from the exciting SAM BROWN, who has looked right out of the top drawer since switched to chasing on the back of a long absence. Further progress is expected, so he can see off the likes of Copperhead and Two For Gold, who have both jumped very efficiently to this point considering their inexperience..
THE WORLDS END is impossible to oppose given only champion stayer Paisley Park has lowered his colours in three runs this season and the testing conditions will hold no fears too so an all-the-way win is very much on the cards for Tom George's likeable front-runner. Clyne also handles the mud well so is fancied to chase him home ahead of another in-form handicapper One Night In Milan.
A competitive handicap but ready preference is for DOMAINE DE L'ISLE, who is confidently expected to land a fourt-timer now he steps back up in trip having shown plenty of pluck to get up late over 21f here last month. Red Indian is highly respected after figuring prominently for a long way when fifth at Haydock, and Valtor is another with solid place prospects.
There was plenty to like about QUEL DESTIN's victory at Sandown dropped back to 2m a fortnight ago, and another big run is surely forthcoming on his first visit to the Champion Trainer's local track, where he continues to clean up. Elgin has an absence to overcome but is a fascinating runner in his quest to land this race for a second time.
THE CON MAN is progressing well and still looks ahead of the handicapper, despite a 7 lb rise for his Kelso win, so he's taken to come out on top. Prudhomme got his career quickly back on track on his handicap debut at Taunton and should prove better than his current rating, while Dorking Boy showed he's still a horse on the up at Huntingdon so is another to keep on the right side of.
A cracking renewal in which THE TWO AMIGOS is taken to make amends for his mishap in this event 12 months ago and confirm himself a staying chaser on the up with his biggest win yet. 2018 victor Yala Enki is still at the top of his game so sure to go well in his bid for a second success, while Elegant Escape is a high-class stayer who can make his presence felt too after a recent wind operation.
CYRNAME wasn't himself when only second in the King George but, having been freshened up since, he's firmly expected to regain the winning thread back under his optimum conditions. Riders On The Storm bolted up at a lower level over C&D last time and ranks as the obvious threat with further improvement on the cards.
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