While she has her stamina to prove over this far, Win My Wings has often given the impression that she wants a proper stamina test. A winner over three and a quarter miles at Cheltenham last season, she needed every inch of the stiff three miles to score at Exeter last time.
She has only had six starts over fences so is completely unexposed for a staying chaser for a yard who does well with these types. Ryan Mania is a fascinating booking, a far better jockey over fences, especially in staying chases.
In his career, Mania is -£42.22 in chases over 2m6f or shorter and +£127.79 over 2m7f or further. They include wins in the Grand National, the Ultima, the Veterans series final and the Rehearsal. He can add the Eider to that list this weekend. – Matt Newman
It is a big ask for a 12-year-old to win a big handicap of this nature but 11-year-olds have done the business. Lake View Lad is a classy operator over staying distances and for me is a big each-way player in the Eider. A three-time winner at Newcastle, he certainly knows his way around this place.
He beat Santini, Native River and Frodon in the Many Clouds Chase in 2020 and ran in last year’s Grand National off a mark of 157. He was far from disgraced when third to Blaklion in a veteran’s chase at Haydock off 150 in December and is now a further 8lb lower.
The handicapper has given him a right chance and it’s positive that the Alexander stable have just struck form. He landed a double at Doncaster earlier in the week and seven of his last nine runners have finished in the first three. – Adrian Wall
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