Sloane Avenue bids to avenge his short-head defeat in this race last year but once again has been handed a wide draw. Marking was an impressive winner of a 6 furlong handicap here last month and connections have decided to run him here rather than the Golden Shaheen. He should appreciate the step up in trip, having previously won over a mile in America, but he isn’t straightforward and I’m looking to oppose him at the current odds. Maftool
is another horse who has his own ideas about the game but was gelded over the winter and you can’t knock his record here. The form of win over course and distance here in February looks rock solid and he looks set to run a big race under Paul Hanagan.