1.35 This looks an ultra competitive handicap. I have a rather lengthy “shortlist.” The Mark Johnston pair of Greeley’s Love and Salutation are both interesting. The former won a Thirsk maiden last season and has shown enough in his 3 runs this season to suggest he could return to winning ways. Salutation won at Nottingham but disappointed under a penalty at Yarmouth last time. The trip will suit him and looks the type that his stable does well with.
Space Ship comes here on the back of a win in a Chester maiden. He has taken a hike in the weights as a result but could still be improving. King Muro won a maiden on the AW at Kempton in April but was too keen on his next run at Chester and was last of 9. He could be well handicapped off a mark of 74. The odds of 4/1 are a bit skinny but I will take a chance on Space Ship being able to cope with his rise in the weights.
3.15 Duke of Firenze is a tentative selection but I am a liitle worried that he will not be abel to match the early pace of some of his rivals. I am hoping that Ryan Moore can steer his mount through the field with a late run.
4.00 Dawn Approach may well win this but at current odds I wouldn’t back him given doubts about his stamina.
8.25 Plenum is the obvious choice here on the basis of his 2nd at Nottingham. The danger could be Inherited. The latter could be very well handicapped and gets the nod.
3.30 Dashing Star