As with the opener at York yesterday, there’s bundles of pace on over 5 in the first race of the day. It’s low too and that’s where a few winners have come from this week to date. I’m tempted by Excessable who might well appreciate better ground than he had on reappearance. Both he and Top Of The Bank look fairly treated on the pick of last season’s form and the latter is going up, for all I’d prefer if he were drawn lower. He was a winner over 6 last time so a test here will suit and a gelding operation and cheekpieces might just have done the trick with him. His trainer liked him last year, not hard to see why given his 2nd to subsequent Gimcrack winner Ajaya, and he can progress this season in handicap company.
Top Of The Bank - 1pt @ 16/1
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