Pure Diamond (3.35) is expected to run a big race in the 7f Listed contest.
Missing out the last five fences in the home straight at Doncaster last time out did no favours to HOLLYWOODIEN (best price 10/3)
, but he did more than enough to suggest he can still be a force to be reckoned with off his current mark. Having got the field at full stretch with some sound jumping down the back straight on Town Moor, low sun intervened and prevented him from utilising his skills for the last mile of the race and they allowed the pacier sort, Nexius, to claw back the advantage he'd built up. Prior to that unlucky effort, the son of Martiline had been quite impressive when landing a fair novices' handicap at Ascot, and now returning to a similar surface he encountered that day, the bold-jumping grey makes plenty of appeal.
Hollywoodien - 1pt @ 10/3Lost -1pt
PURE DIAMOND (best price 13/2)
squandered a potentially useful draw over the C&D here last time out with a sluggish start and given how well she finished off her race, it may well have been a totally different story had she broke on level terms and been closer to the speed. Fortunately for the daughter of Street Cry, she has been provided with the favourable inside one box to redeem herself and with a cleaner break and better track position, she has every chance of reversing the form with Comicas, who very much had the run of the race 21 days ago.
Pure Diamond - 1pt e/w @ 13/2Won 7.8pt
Musadas is bound to a popular choice with many off the back of his impressive display here three weeks ago, but as he’s been priced up accordingly, the Godolphin runner is passed over in favour of ELLEVAL (best price 7/1)
on value grounds. On his last seven starts at the carnival, David Marnane’s inmate has managed to finish in the frame (2323324) and with a record like that, it makes perfect sense to back him each-way. His latest performance when runner-up to the useful Times Ahead was in-keeping with some of his best efforts here in the past and a favourable draw in trap one adds to the list of positives for the son of Kodiac.
Elleval - 1pt e/w @ 7/1Lost -2pt
FINGAL’S CAVE (best price 11/4)
showed a nice turn of foot to put a similar race to bed last time out at Wolverhampton and he's taken to carry the baton forward and defy a 6lb penalty. Prior to that tidy performance, Mike Channon’s charge looked as though he needed the run badly when a promising fourth over a trip that just stretched his stamina and now returning to the scene of that effort back under his optimum conditions, the son of Fast Company can record career win number three.
Fingal's Cave - 1pt e/w @ 11/4Lost -2pt