HANSEATIC (NAP)(best price 8-1) bounced back to form with a game victory at Doncaster last time out and he still looks on a favourable enough mark to potentially go in again. Rated 90 in his pomp with John Gosden, the son of Galileo has clearly taken a while to find his feet for new connections, but now he appears to be in the zone, Mick Easterby’s inmate is worth keeping on side. Staying on particularly strongly in the latter stages of that soundly-run contest on Town Moor (very good time for the grade), the seven-year-old clearly needs a decent pace to shoot at over a mile, but with likes of Sands Chorus and Rosy Morning in the line-up, he should get the kind of test he needs to bring his qualities into full vision.
Hanseatic - 1pt e/w @ 8/1Placed 0.6pt
TONTO’S SPIRIT(best price 7-2) gave the impression he probably had more up his sleeve than visual impression suggested when landing a similar contest over today’s C&D last time out and, as a result, he still has the look of a well handicapped horse. A shock winner previously over hurdles at Cartmel, the son of Authorized was heavily backed to exploit what looked to be a very lenient mark back on the Flat at the Scottish venue and although he gave his supporters one or two anxious moments, the way he powered clear in the closing stages while star-gazing into the crowd indicated he was mucking about rather than engaging his mind fully on the job at hand. Only 4lb higher than that resounding success, Ken Slack’s inmate should prove hard to peg back from another positive ride.