Twelve months ago, Themaxwecan won this contest on his seasonal debut off a mark of 98 under Ben Curtis. In 2022, Themaxwecan arrives on his seasonal debut under Ben Curtis off a mark of…98!
The majority of his best form has all come on a right-handed track and given there are few better trainers for plotting courses through a season than Mark Johnston, this is likely to have been a long term plan to start him here.
Any drying of the conditions are firmly in his favour here with his decent cruising speed for a stayer ideal for a speed track like Musselburgh. His yard are ticking over nicely at present as they always seem to with April their best month for strike rate in 2021. – Matt Newman
Island Brave ran with real credit in a Group 3 and Group 2 out in the Middle East in February and March. The eight-year-old was only beaten six lengths by Hukum in the Dubai City Of Gold Stakes when last seen, finishing a creditable seventh.
The majority of his victories have come on the all-weather, but he is well able to compete off this mark of 100, proven when fourth in the Northumberland Plate last year and a winner at Haydock from 2lb lower later on in the year.
He may be better on a quick surface these days but the ground should be pretty decent, and if he can bring his best form to the table he could take a hand at a massive price. I’ll be surprised if the 25-1 lasts to be honest. – Adrian Wall
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