Erik The Red was put up here last time at a generous price and ran a blinder. Can’t bemoan bad luck, of which he had plenty, but it does mean he’s a far shorter price today and the likeliest winner. Interesting to see how they ride him up in trip as there is pace on, more than when we last saw him over a mile. A horse who it has become difficult to win with is Off Art but I do think he’s the type to pop up somewhere this term. He ran really well here in August and is back off 3lb higher. Cheekpieces were added subsequently and are retained and he shaped well on return. The yard are 5 from their last 28 runners or so, very much on the up this term, and he’s well drawn to get a decent position off the pace in a race which should be run to suit. If there's something of Listed potential in this, as has been the case in recent times, then he's up against it but still big at the prices.
Next up is George Bowen who ran well over course and distance last time on ground soft enough for him. He’ll need to step up for that and there are those who have had a run this term but he could also be one to catch fresh. A winner on seasonal bow in each of his 2 seasons, he was a creditable 2nd at Ayr off just 4lb lower and should have a lot more to offer as a 4 year old. He cut it as a 3 year old against older horses last term and there should be plenty more to come this season. I fancy he’ll go close here, for all he may well appreciate a sterner test at the trip than looks likely.