Coronation Cup runner-up Memphis Mafia made harder work than expected of winning his heat last week but connections can have few complaints about his make-up in the Stayers final (21:09) tonight - drawn inside five seeded rivals - and Kevin Hutton's charge looks set to take advantage. Murrys Act was far quicker on the clock in winning his own qualifier and warrants plenty of respect but faces no easy task clearing pacey neighbour Parkwest Sally and is therefore reluctantly overlooked.
Three heats of a 400m competition will offer more clues to the forthcoming Golden Sprint and I see no reason to desert Ajlo Legalbeagle (21:44) who was so impressive in scoring over the CD last week. Paul Young's charge boasts an excellent strike rate when clad in stripes over the 400m trip and is not reliant on trapping in front - a huge advantage at the London road circuit. Key to his chance tonight is that neighbour Hunter Ben, even if trapping ahead, will take an immediate step to the left and that should allow the selection plenty of room to make his move into the corner.
As regards the other heats, Shaneboy Freddie ran well in defeat behind Ajlo Legalbeagle when dropped in trip last week and with the switch to trap one (eight wins from sixteen starts) Kevin Boon's classy charge can take full advantage (22:01). The opening heat (21:26) is far tougher to call with in-form Clondoty Alex an obvious contender - especially back in trap one (three from five over CD) - while Pass To Go is also drawn to go well having won his last three here from trap five. However, at the odds it might be worth chancing Young Blitz who has relished the switch to 400m with two impressive victories and could be even better suited by trap three having twice edged across from a trap four draw.
Cotton Pants with some sharp form to his name in sprint trials looks set to take all the beating in the first heat of a maiden competition (19:46) - he stuck on eye-catchingly well after a catalogue of early trouble over CD the other week - while youngster Droopys Justine makes fair appeal after a decent trial on her debut in the second heat (20:03).
Haliska Rubra was unable to hold his pitch after trapping well in a 575m final last week - that on the back of a fastest of the year clocking in the heats - but stuck to the task well and was ahead at the pickup. That should be good enough to see him back to winning ways over the same trip (22:23) while Ground Hurler, arguably a shade unlucky when unable to get a run at the home turn last week on his Romford debut - can pick up a winnable maiden stayer's contest (20:37).