Nicky Richards has a rich tradition in this race courtesy of three-time winner Monet’s Garden, and in the shape of DUKE OF NAVAN (best price 8/1)
, the Greystoke stable has a fine chance of enhancing their record. The son of Presenting has been called one or two rude names in the past, but there’s no doubting his raw ability and when he consents to put it all together, the results can be spectacular. Winner of two of his six starts as a novice last season, the pick of those performances came when he landed a listed handicap chase at Ayr’s Scottish National meeting, beating five useful rivals in consummate ease. Probably over the top when disappointing on his final start, he’s arguably just the type to catch right when fresh and even though he’s trying a new trip for the first time, decent ground and a flat track will certainly help this strong-travelling seven-year-old in that department.