GREAT RETURN absolutely tanked through the race when breaking his duck over two miles here last time. He should be better served coming back to this trip where the quicker cadence will allow him to settle a little better and leave more in the tank for the business end. London Glory looks his biggest danger, he would have been closer last time but for getting trapped behind horses when traveling well. He picked up well down the outside there once in the clear so should be in the mix once more over the same course and distance. Luv U Whatever looks the likeliest to fill out the frame after winning at Chelmsford last time.
Luv U Whatever | J: Harrison Shaw T: Marjorie Fife
Broke a long losing run at Chelmsford last week over about this trip. All of the seven pound penalty for that win is taken off by claimer Harrison Shaw which clearly leaves him well treated. Has shown career best form at this track in the past so needs serious respect.
Brigadoon | J: Alistair Rawlinson T: Michael Appleby
Better known as a Fibresand performer but ran well over course and distance last time out from this mark. This is the same mark he won from in March last year, so if able to get a soft lead again should give a run for supporters money, but may find younger legs stronger close home.
Great Return | J: Edward Greatrex T: Warren Greatrex
Broke his duck in impressive style over two miles here last time. He was plenty keen, so the slight drop in trip should get him to settle better and give him even more for the business end. That was in first time cheekpieces so they have to work as well again, huge chance if so.
Captain Swift | J: Andrew Mullen T: John Mackie
Winner over course and distance in November, that was a softer contest than this. Competitive from a couple of pounds higher than this in the spring of 2017, but those were also at a level below this so should find others too strong for him on this occasion.
London Glory | J: Joe Fanning T: David Thompson
Shade unlucky not to at least have got closer to the winner last time, when trying this trip. He stayed on well once switched round the field, proving his stamina for the trip. Has been nudged up two pounds for that, but hard not to think he’ll be in the mix once more.
With Hindsight | J: William Cox T: Steve Gollings
Dual course and distance winner at the back end of 2015, the veteran has been in good form of late including a win at Chelmsford last time. His chance hinges on getting a soft time of things on the lead, should find a couple of younger rivals have his measure in any case.
Vigee Le Brun | J: Patrick Vaughan T: Olly Williams
Beaten just a single rival home in three starts combined for her new yard. She steps up to this trip for the first time, but nothing on her pedigree or run style suggests that she wants this trip. Easy to discard from calculations.
Handsome Dan | J: Patrick Mathers T: Sarah Hollinshead
Yet to score in eleven starts on synthetics, well behind London Glory over course and distance last time out. Has slipped a long way in the weights over the last thirteen months, but the veteran has shown few signs of being able to cash in.
Percy Thrower | J: Kieran O'Neill T: Sarah-Jayne Davies
Fourteen race maiden has shown only limited ability so far. Placed in a pair of Bath handicaps at this trip last August, he looks decidedly one paced so this track looks unlikely to play to his limited strengths.