Just the two runnings of this race so far with an 11/4 winner in 2015 and 11/8 favourite Pacharana scoring for Luca Cumani last season. There are just the nine pounds from top to bottom this year so we should be in for a close contest. Read our horse by horse race preview plus our selection ahead of the 3.10pm at Yarmouth this afternoon.
IN SUMMARY: ENTANGLING is the one to be on with Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle for trainer Chris Wall. That combination should be too much for these on the softer ground. Voi will go better than the price suggests and could be the one to chase the selection home.
1 ENTANGLING – An official rating of 72 sees Chris Wall’s gelding stuck with top weight of nine stone after a career best second to Lightly Squeeze on his first attempt at this trip at Doncaster last time out. He did look one paced that day and was beaten over two lengths at the line. However, he is the best horse in this line-up and is entitled to get into the mix at the finish for a stable ticking over nicely, with three winners from their last 16 attempts (19%).
2 VOI – A first-time tongue tie today suggests that she may have had breathing issues of some kind last time out when a very disappointing 14 1/2 length sixth of ten at Sandown on her first attempt at this trip. Prior to that she had won here over nine furlongs by a head from Tamayef when running on well. If she did have excuses last time she is not out of things by any means here. Trainer Conrad Allen is more talented than he is given credit for and will have her ready if good enough. If there is a surprise this afternoon she looks as likely as any to provide it.
3 EPITAPH – Left Ireland and Joseph O’Brien in July for the Michael Appleby yard and has had the two runs since, finishing third in both of them. Last time out he was beaten six lengths by Glenys The Menace at Chester over this sort of trip when looking decidedly one paced. Considering that the stable is in poor form, with just the one winner from their last 38 runners (3%), he is hard to make a serious case here.
4 CHUNKYFUNKYMONKEY – Two wins from his last four starts read pretty well. Both were here at Yarmouth, with one over this course and distance by a length and the latest over nine furlongs by 3 3/4 lengths which saw him put up an extra six pounds. Stepped up to closer to a mile and a half, he was a well beaten eighth of nine but was eased down by regular jockey Jack Osborn who was looking down, implying that the horse was injured. If he is back to his best he has every chance today at a course he clearly likes and over a more suitable trip. But, then again, if he were injured a bet would be a risk, and that needs to be built into his price before he could be seriously considered.
5 SIR GNET – Still a maiden after the six starts for trainer Ed Dunlop with a pair of second places over a mile, one here and one at Newbury, followed by a fifth when tried over this trip at Pontefract when appearing to fail to get home. Jamie Spencer replaces David Probert in the saddle and will presumably hold him up as long as possible to try to get him home. His breeding suggests that he should be better over further (by Galileo out of a Rahy mare) so it could be folly to totally ignore his chances, with both stable and jockey ticking over nicely.
6 STARLIGHT CIRCUS – Popular Newmarket trainer Marco Botti adds first-time cheekpieces here to this filly; it will be interesting to see if they bring the required improvement. Her best ever run was a 3 1/4 length third here over further when running on at one pace which she followed with a 6 3/4 length fifth over this course and distance. She only plugged on at the same pace that day, suggesting that she may still be better over further. Although she was dropped a pound for that she still looks up against it here.
7 KYSHONI – Trainer Mike Murphy has rewarded his supporters recently with one win from just the seven runners in the last two weeks, but a level stakes profit of eight points. However, whether he can add to that with the son of Casemento seems pretty unlikely. All four races so far have been over a mile, with a 35 length eighth of nine last time out at Windsor in a maiden and she clearly needs to much better here. On breeding there is no reason to expect the step up in trip will help and she seems one of the less likely winners today.
8 GLASSALT – NON-RUNNER.