Just over a year since his last victory here, George Baker's eight year old looks to strike again.
As far as a bet goes it comes in the last. Belgian Bill was a course winner out here last year over a furlong shorter and off 4lb lower before seemingly finding 10 a bit of a stretch. He was left with a little too much to do last time over a mile but this extra furlong will suit and he’s better drawn to not get too far back here. He’ll be ridden with restraint but unlikely dropped out and that could be key. There is pace, which he needs (I don’t think Musaddas will have his one way up top) and that could set things up for Bill who can win off this mark if things drop right. I’m also tempted by El Estruendoso. He has the profile of a few De Kock horses that have gone well out here in previous years before struggling 12 months ago. Now back to a handy mark, he has moved yards but is a well treated horse for all it takes a leap of faith to back him