A decent field and one full of interesting runners. Read on for our free betting tips, predictions and analysis.
IN SUMMARY: SISSINGHURST‘s recent form figures wouldn’t make him too interesting normally, but a switch of yards could help him build on the promise he showed earlier in his career and he is of certain interest in this. Number One London chased home a progressive rival last time out and rates an obvious danger.
1 SWEEPING ROCK – Third of 11 on his last start having been outpaced and endeavouring to run on all the way to the line to be beaten a much more respectable distance than had looked likely at one point. The extra distance should suit and he shouldn’t be far away.
2 NUMBER ONE LONDON – Beaten just a length and a half on his second start after a long absence and the winner of that race followed up off of eight pounds higher. He is up six pounds for that excellent effort, but that looks unlikely to prevent another big run; he has the look of a well handicapped horse.
3 ERMYN’S EMERALD – Has been beaten over ten lengths in every career start to date and there have been few, if any, signs of that changing of late. He is tumbling down the weights as a result, but on all known form his struggles are likely to continue here.
4 TIRADIA – Slipped to a winnable mark and duly took advantage when winning quite comfortably at Market Rasen last time. An eight pound rise is not particularly generous, however, and he had been struggling off similar marks to his current one for a while. Each way chance, regardless.
5 SISSINGHURST – Form figures of PPP rarely inspire much confidence, but this horse showed a degree of promise in some of his runs in 2016 and runs for a new yard here. A revival is quite possible and any market confidence would certainly make this one very interesting.
6 ANTON DOLIN – Ran a respectable race when third over this trip last time and has been largely consistent recently. He doesn’t jump off the page as particularly well handicapped and this is quite a competitive looking race, but he isn’t without a shout.
7 DISTANT SOUND – Wouldn’t be far away if recapturing his best form having switched yards, but has been beaten so comprehensively of late that it is difficult to envisage a revival. Probably one to watch until he shows the spark is still there.
8 JOHN BISCUIT – Beaten a combined 88 lengths in his last two starts, but has had a break of just under four months and won a race around this time of year in 2016 having been campaigned in the same manner. Backing him would take a leap of faith, but he is of interest.
9 UJAGAR – Beaten a long way in his last three starts and the handicapper has yet to really relent. He may struggle again off a mark which may be slightly outside his capabilities.
10 SILVA SAMOURAI – Hasn’t shown all that much promise throughout his career in any code and is 0-13 under rules. He starts out for a new yard here off a very low mark, but will need to show major improvement to have a say in this company.