The EBF Final has always been a race worth following over the years and the class of 2016 have done nothing the dispel that notion since it was run back on March 12. Of those that finished in behind the impressive winner BARNEY DWAN (NAP) (best price 11/2)
, the likes of Potters Legend (third in a Grade 1), Alcala (second at Ayr), Two Taffs (won at Ayr on Saturday), Tanarpino (won at Ludlow), Potters Corner (won at FFos Las), and Dark Flame (won at Ascot) have all boosted the form since. Staying strongly in the latter stages of that tear-up at the Esher venue, Fergal O’Brien’s charge not only turned away what has turned out to be a very smart field of novices, his final circuit of 2.55.4 was 2.6 seconds faster than Flying Angel, who took the Imperial Cup an hour later on the same card. Furthermore, his handler has always stressed that we wouldn’t see the best of the Vinnie Row gelding until he raced a genuinely decent surface, so with conditions continuing to dry out all the time at the Scottish venue, the six-year-old has more than a fair chance of outrunning the outsider of four tag against many who’ve endured quite punishing winters.