ESOTERIQUE (Best price 15-2), runner-up last year to the best miler in Europe in Solow, is drawn on the wing a little in stall one, but was last off the bridle 12 months ago so has solid each-way claims again. She will appreciate the return to a stiff mile after a recent pipe opener in her native France.
YALTA (Best price 9-1) who looks well berthed in stall four and has recorded two excellent speed figures to date. He is at the top of his stable's juvenile pecking order too and shouldn't mind ground conditions. Leicester winner Thunder Snow and Van Der Decken, who coped with easy ground in style on his debut, are two which could outrun their odds.
Both Waady (drawn 20 today) and Pearl Secret emerged with credit from the Temple Stakes and it would be no huge surprise to see either make an impact today. They could appeal to value seekers, especially with four places on offer.
The Gurkha is the other horse in the field to boast an electric turn of foot under today’s conditions, but Awtaad's Curragh win looks a slightly stronger piece of form than the former's French Guineas success.
Silver Concorde emerged as the best horse in the Chester Cup given his track position and has a huge chance if handling the ground. There is a suspicion he requires a better surface to thrive but he has the potential to prove a class act in races of this nature so is risked.
MISTER TRADER (Best price 6-1) is certainly one candidate to attract support given he bumped into a smart one in Caravaggio at the Curragh and the prospect of soft ground and a stiff track will hold no terrors.
A similar comment applies to TOMILY (Best price 10-1) who moved well despite desperate conditions at Chepstow and is a tough and hardy type which should outrun his double-figure price.
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