Volunteer Point has improved throughout the winter and is one of few viable each-way alternatives.
The admirable Lancelot Du Lac is another not ideally positioned, however he has been in irresistible form this winter and was too good for Gamgoom in a track-record time at Chelmsford (5f) last time.
The front-running Gamgoom was narrowly denied by Rivellino (C&D qualifier) last month and could be over priced returned to 6f after finding the minimum trip against him last time.
Anglophile’s all-weather record over trips of 11f or further reads 3211212221 so he should be on the scene for a yard with a good record at this meeting.
Sovereign Debt was agonisingly touched off by Mister Universe in his warm up at Wolverhampton and looks sure to run well, while it will be interesting to see how Captain Cat is ridden given he made all the running to score at Kempton and looked more enthusiastic doing so.
Captain Joy looks overpriced given his affinity for a synthetic surface and the fact his two performances here have yielded strong speed figures.
Like Lillee and Thomson, Keegan and Toshack or Redgrave and Pinsent, Grendisar has formed one half of a formidable sporting double act with Adam Kirby proving a terrific ally.The duo has teamed up 11 times in the six-year-old’s career and the association has yielded a remarkable string of performances with the bare figures reading 21212112211.
The selection’s unfailing delivery on the big day is a trademark of his career, especially at today’s venue where he landed the biggest prize of his career last month in the Coral Winter Derby.
Grendisar proved too strong for Maverick Wave that day with a typical come-from-behind victory and, although his running style will always make him somewhat of a hostage to fortune, granted the breaks in the straight his change of gear can win him another big prize.
TURN TIDE could trump all three if he has made progress during the winter.
He looked a nice prospect on his final start in a Newcastle handicap (1m) and his yard have sent out four winners in the last fortnight. Richard Fahey is another with a good record in this type of race early season and Dolphin Vista is worth watching in the market.
GANG WARFARE, Two Jabs and Silver Quay are all fit, in-form and progressive so look the likeliest winners. The form of the selection’s Southwell win last time has worked out pretty well with the 4th, 5th and 6th all winning since and he is a strong stayer.
Two Jabs will probably be ridden pretty handily too and, although his two attempts at around this trip have met with failure, today’s test looks within his capabilities.
The only concern with Silver Quay was his defeat at short odds when he was returned to the track quickly last December following a similarly impressive win to last week.