Looks a well-handicapped horse if he can return to his 2013 best, which included a second over course and distance last June, and he ran ok when fourth at Southwell last month. Has chances.
Another who I don't know much more about than what the form book tells me. Came back to form when second at Pontefract last time, and has chances off a 1lb higher mark, though I gather Richard would like to see rain for him.
Was a smart juvenile a few seasons back and looks to have been running pretty consistently lately, most recently when fourth over 6f in the soft at Doncaster last time. Has totally different conditions here, but has 7f and fast ground form, so he is another who you can give an each-way chance to in an open race, without going overboard.
Newbury third Talmada could be the one to beat in here but I give my mount a decent chance. A lot of people may be quick to write off the form of his Pontefract second as it was won by a 100-1 chance and the fancied horses, one of which I rode, disappointed. But I thought it rode like an ok race, in the context of this contest anyway, and the step up in trip will suit him on breeding.
Was a big improver last season, when he numbered a course and distance success among his five victories. Obviously has paid for that good campaign with a steep rise in the weights, but his stable is in good form and he looks versatile as regards ground, so you clearly cannot write him off.
Well-related filly who ran a promising race when fourth over 7f at Leicester earlier in the month. We haven't done a lot with her at home since but she is clearly entitled to come on a lot for that debut effort, the extra furlong will suit, and it'll be disappointing if she can't get into the mix here.
Normal rules apply to the newcomers that I ride for William, I am afraid. I don't tend to know much about them as I rarely ride them at home, but I would like to think that those he puts me on have a decent chance. And the stable are in great form at the moment, so hopefully this Acclamation colt will be able to go a bit.
I rode her to finish a very promising third to Night Of Thunder at Goodwood on her debut and she went on to finish a good second in a listed race at Newmarket, before being surprisingly beaten at odds-on on her final start here. Unless there is an above-average newcomer in here, you would have to think that she has a winning chance.
Ran a promising race when second at Newmarket last season, and I was quite impressed by him when he won his maiden at Kempton last month. I think there is plenty to come from him and would like to think that he will be very competitive off a mark of 85 here, though it looks a decent enough race and Amralah could be a big danger.
Did well in her first season, and rounded off her campaign with a fair fourth at Newmarket from 5lb out of the handicap. Is versatile as regards ground and I think she is on a decent mark, and hopefully there is more to come from her, too.