Nicky Henderson has enjoyed plenty of success at this fixture over the years - usually citing a clutch of horses who require fast ground - and FULL SHIFT (NAP)(best price 7/2) looks another individual from the Seven Barrows barn that can benefit from the Scottish air. One could argue that the drop back in trip from his facile success over 2m 4f at Kempton last time out might just find the son of Ballingarry out, but on closer inspection of the numbers he posted at the Sunbury venue, the mind is quickly put at ease. Not only did the seven-year-old clock a faster furlong-per-furlong time than both the King George and Feltham Chase on the same card, his final circuit sectional was 2.4 seconds quicker than Cue Card and Co – highlighting how fast he was operating in the latter part of the race. Armed with those figures, he should have the necessary quality to offset the 8lb weight rise he incurred for that impressive victory.
Full Shift - 2pts e/w @ 7/2Lost -4pts
SHREWD(best price 6/1) didn’t get a ride in-keeping with his name here last time out and he can prove that he’s a good bit better than his finishing position suggested despite this race being a tougher assignment. A smooth winner over the C&D the time before, Iain Jardine’s inmate was expected to follow up off his revised mark 16 days later and he might well have done just that if his rider hadn’t taken his mount up a blind alley down the inside rounding the home bend. Running on strongly once out in the clear, he gave the impression he would have won with a bit to spare had he not lost that vital ground in the hottest part of the race and as he returns to the scene of that unlucky episode on ground he much prefers, the son of Street Sense makes plenty of appeal at his double-figure quotes.