Galileo’s Spear - Yarmouth 15:20
Smart Stat: 24% - Sir Mark Prescott’s strike rate with horses running over 10f+ since the start of the 2013 season
Smart Stat: 21% - Sir Mark Prescott's strike rate in mid season since the start of the 2013 season
Galileo’s Spear has a little bit to find on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings with his three rivals, however his trainer is adept at getting his horses to win when their stamina is drawn out. The well-travelled Galileo’s Spear has improved for the return to firmer conditions of late – and possibly the re-application of blinkers – so it would be no surprise to see him land a first success in Britain now he’s slipped to an attractive mark of 70.
Kittileo - Catterick 16:10
Smart Stat: 2 - Mark Johnston's number of winners in the past 8 runnings
A spicy renewal of this stayers’ handicap, with only 5 lb separating the seven runners on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings, however Kittileo has a good chance for a trainer who has had plenty of success in the race. The three-year-old colt is yet to win in five starts, but is bred to stay beyond 1½m and it could be that this trip brings out the best in him, having not looked especially quick in any of his outings so far.
Bow Belles - Catterick 17:15
Smart Stat: 2 - Tim Easterby's number of winners in the past 8 runnings
As well as winning the race back-to-back in 2010 and 2011, Tim Easterby has also had three placed horses in recent years. He saddles Bow Belles who hasn’t won since landing a Ripon minor event 12 months ago, but she’s now down to an attractive mark of 68 and a repeat of her close second at Nottingham last October would see her feature very prominently here. Recent Musselburgh runner-up Super Florence looks the one to beat.