IN SUMMARY: SATELLITE (13/2 Each Way) is worth another chance in the first time headgear from a mark that looks well within his grasp on his flat form. He has run well on soft ground in that sphere so conditions shouldn’t be a problem. Cave Top has improved this season since going into handicap company, he is very much the main danger to the selection. Al Destoor is another who is well in on his flat exploits if he can finally tap into that over hurdles.
1 CAVE TOP – Much improved for another summer on his back and the move into handicap company this season, following up a smart win at Exeter with a solid runner-up at Bangor. The five pound rise for that is countered by his rider claiming seven pounds, while he has form on very soft ground at this track. Each way chance once more.
2 CATCHING ON – Dug deep to get his head in front last season, winning over three and a quarter miles. The deep ground here is very much to his liking but the drop to this trip is a significant concern. Shown next to nothing on two starts this season so needs a massive step forward.
3 ONE FOURTY SEVEN – Pulled up on the only occasion that he has encountered soft ground, he was well beaten on his seasonal return despite being sent off favourite. The trip suits and ran well on his only visit to the track, but this surface has to rate a significant concern.
4 KIWAYU – Not seen since September 2016, he scored over this course and distance on good ground. Has won fresh in the past but he has no great record when the ground is soft so looks to be facing an uphill struggle on this occasion.
5 AL DESTOOR – Solid form in some smart handicaps over the summer on the flat, including on deep ground. His hurdling mark looks potentially lenient on his form on the level but he has never looked as happy over obstacles. Big chance if he can be coaxed into form in this discipline.
6 SATELLITE – Hasn’t always been the most generous under pressure, connections reach for first time cheekpieces in a bid to help him concentrate. He is another who is very well treated on his flat form in this discipline and has run well on soft in the past. Fascinating player if the headgear has the desired effect.
7 BENISSIMO – Struggled badly since moving to this yard from Dan Skelton. Won on soft ground for his previous yard over a furlong shy of this so has no issues with conditions but even from a sliding mark, he makes limited appeal in this contest.
8 DULCE PANEM – Will appreciate the return to a softer surface having shaped with a little promise on his British debut. Ran poorly at Catterick on Friday, this is a very quick turnaround from that. 0/21 in his career so it isn’t wise to go overboard on his UK debut form but that does at least suggest he can be competitive later in the season.
9 LIGHTENTERTAINMENT – Dropped more than two stone in the weights since his pomp, finally showing a little more spark last time out in a seller. Conditions are right up his street but he is still a little tough to support at this level.