With Take Cover drawn a little wide in stall 10 on his comeback there could be some value in the likes of GAMGOOM and LIGHTSCAMERACTION both of whom have speed to burn and arrive at this race both in excellent form and race fit. The former has adapted to UK racing in style and could be a dangerous adversary if allowed to dominate as he did last time when agonisingly overhauled late on by Rivellino over a furlong further.
Lightscameraction was fourth that day but is much more effective at today’s trip and is worth supporting given his C&D stats read 411.
However, GIBRALFARO has experience of the track and is now rated 151 which means the newcomers will have to be of an extremely high standard to lower his colours, even if he must concede weight all round.
The five-year-old is going to be fresher than most and his latest effort when an honourable fifth to the rapidly-progressive Solstice Star at Cheltenham signals he could have a race of this nature within his capabilities. Vendor would appear the chief danger after another solid performance behind Shrewd in a warm Musselburgh handicap last time.
The extended trip appeared to find out the selection at Cheltenham on very heavy ground last time and he should be more effective returned to today’s trip.
I would expect a better showing from Welsh Shadow now he tackles better ground and, although beaten 49l by Yorkhill last time, the Tolworth Hurdle has worked out incredibly well form wise with O O Seven, Agrapart and Cyrius Moriviere all winning sine.
Market support for Argentinian recruit Furia Cruzada would be interesting given his new connections.
Quite what level of performance RUBEN COTTER is likely to produce following a 323-day absence is open to question but he was an impressive scorer when he ran at this track after a 469-day spell on the sidelines two starts ago and is worth risking at a big price with his yard in such a rich vein of form.