Given Go West Young Man’s overall profile and general reluctance to get the job done, he’s not one to get too excited about at a short price and simply has to be taken on with QUE SERA (NAP) (best price 7/4)
, who has that all-important attribute of a C&D win. Despite swerving badly and almost running out at the third last here 62 days ago, Philip Hobbs’ inmate got his act together and showed a willing attitude when push came to shove to seal the deal up the hill in the latter stages. Although still and bit green and raw, the son of Rakti clearly has plenty of ability to match his looks and more importantly, given the stiff nature of this track, a better mental strength than his main market rival once the gloves are off.
Que Sera - 2pt @ 7/4Lost -2pt
LAKESHORE LADY (best price 6/1)
has produced two notable performances in defeat over today’s course and she looks ready to step up to the plate on her first attempt in handicap company. Given David Bridgwater’s charge is a former point-to-point winner, she probably found 2m on good ground an insufficient test on her first start under rules back here in November and that certainly looked to be the case when she posted her best figures behind a well-regarded Alan King runner over five furlongs further at the Northamptonshire venue on her latest outing. Sandwiched in between, was another praiseworthy effort behind the smart Jessber’s Dream at Lingfield and it all adds up for her being not too badly treated off a mark of 110.
Lakeshore Lady - 0.5pt e/w @ 6/1Lost -1pt
ARCH VILLAIN (best price 2/1)
is about as reliable as a Swiss clock around this track and he’s fancied to post win number four at his happy hunting ground. Runner-up to the very talented Litigant in the big Marathon Final over this C&D back in 2014, Amanda Perrett’s inmate was expected to both need the run and find 1m 4f too sharp on his comeback run here 33 days ago, so for him to run out a comfortable winner over the useful all-weather performer Super Kid, was testimony to his class. Back over a more suitable trip today, the son of Arch should once again be tough to beat en-route to another tilt at final back here in April.
Arch Villain - 1pt @ 2/1Won 2pt