On The Fringe is likely to prove all the rage to follow his victories at Cheltenham and Aintree but today’s task may turn out to be his toughest assignment of the season given the possibility of testing ground and the overall strength of the opposition. Paint The Clouds and Salsify are sure to have their supporters also, but the main threat to the favourite based on his run in the Foxhunters at the festival has to be MARITO (best price 9/2)
and he looks the proverbial each-way bet to nothing at his top morning price. The son of Alkaide has always had a touch of class throughout his career and those qualities came to the fore with what turned out to be an extraordinary effort at Prestbury Park 42 days ago. Setting out on the final circuit with only fresh air behind him, Colm McBratney’s inmate did remarkable well not only to get himself into the thick of the action going down to the last, but to actually put it up to Enda Bolger’s star on the run to the line. With several of today’s other main rivals well beat in behind, there’s no obvious reason why he won’t confirm the form and with soft ground likely to play into his strengths at a track where he’s gone well in the past, the 10-year-old has a decent shot at turning the tables on his old advisory.