IN SUMMARY: We will learn a lot about Call Me Lord here, who was impressive when scoring in a handicap at Sandown on his latest start. He looks to be a potentially smart youngster and has to be considered, but preference is for ELGIN. He has looked progressive this season and his Greatwood Hurdle victory is some good form, not beaten far off a tough weight on his latest outing. He should have more to offer and is more than worth his place at this level, so he’s touted to land the spoils.
Elgin | J: Wayne Hutchinson T: Alan King
Won the Greatwood at Cheltenham in great style prior to a likeable sixth at Ascot in a Grade 3 Handicap last time. He was off a massive weight that day and continued his progressive profile. He goes fine on softer ground and King's horses are in brilliant form. He should have more to offer and is a leading player.
Cliffs Of Dover | J: Harry Cobden T: Paul Nicholls
6/7 over timber but has not been seen since December 2016. He won a very weak Grade 2 Hurdle that day and he's entitled to need this run after a long absence. Even at his best, he would still need marked improved to be taking this and he's passed over.
Flying Tiger | J: Richard Johnson T: Nick Williams
2017 Fred Winter winner who was a shade disappointing on his latest start when fourth in a Handicap at Doncaster. He's surely capable of better but he does have something to prove at this level. Today's ground is fine and the Champion Jockey takes over, but he does have plenty to find with a few of these.
Call Me Lord | J: Aidan Coleman T: Nicky Henderson
French recruit for Seven Barrows who was impressive when scoring readily at Sandown on his third British start. He looks to be a smart youngster on the up and he should have far more to give for his top connections. He'll love conditions and he demands plenty of respect.
Cap'n | J: Jack Quinlan T: Claire Dyson
Has shown very little in two runs over timber thus far, never in the hunt in a Listed race at Sandown when last seen. He once again finds himself at a level he is simply not good enough for and he's dismissed.
Ch'tibello | J: Harry Skelton T: Dan Skelton
Run out of a Grade 2 at Haydock last month by a brave rival, continuing his run of narrow defeats in similar races. He's been extremely consistent but does lack the progressive form of some of his rivals. Nevertheless, he's proven at this level and is highest rated, so he's entitled to respect.