OXFORD POET is the anticipated leader and the gelding could take some catching. The son of Dylan Thomas made all at this course a fortnight ago in the Winter Stakes, accounting for a number of the same rivals he faces again here. In a race lacking much in terms of early speed up-front, the son of Dylan Thomas can potentially dictate at a rather leisurely tempo. If afforded those cheap mid sectionals, he could take some catching despite being a query out to 1500m.
MARENOSTRO showed a return to form behind Oxford Poet last start in the Winter Stakes. He now meets the winner 1.5kg better at the weights, has an excellent record on rain affected ground, is well performed at the course and proven at the distance. The Winter Stakes is clearly the dominant form line in the contest.
ZIN ZAN EDDIE ran second in the event. He will strip fitter for the outing and has won third up in the past. Being winless at the course from ten starts is something of a concern though.
RULING DYNASTY is a very interesting runner. Resumes for James Cummings and is heading towards the Spring so whatever he does here he will improve on, but the trials have been encouraging.
Watch betting for the resuming Godolphin duo of ALEGRIA and ALLERGIC. Fitness must be a query first up at this trip for the pair who will likely get up over ground. They are each stakes performed types though and class alone can see them a long way.
SELECTIONS: No3 OXFORD POET
, No6 Marenostro, No7 Zin Zan Eddie, No8 Alegria
No4 Ruling Dynasty