EVIES WISH (best price 11-2) shaped with plenty of promise on her debut at the Curragh 20 days ago and with just normal improvement, she has high hopes of being slightly more competitive this time around. Well backed to get off the mark at the first time of asking, the combination of greenness and five furlongs caught out Willie McCreery’s inmate, but she did more than enough in staying on nicely into fourth to suggest those that forced her odds to tumble from 20-1 to 11-2 weren’t totally misplaced with their judgement.
CAN’T CHANGE IT (best price 8-1) had very little chance of making an impact from his coffin box draw in the big mile contest at the previous meeting, but now housed in a much more favourable stall position, David Simcock’s charge a clear-cut opportunity of being a good deal more competitive given luck in running. Given how much ground the son of Verglas gave away after being dropped out the back door here 29 days ago, he did remarkable well to finish as close up as he did, and having run out a fairly comfortable winner over today’s C&D last season when he was last well treated by the draw, there’s a decent chance he will accomplish the same feat from the pimp spot in box number one.
Solid form is at a paucity in this listed race apart from the obvious claims of SWEEPING UP (best price 9-2) and, as a result, she rates a fairly cast-iron each-way bet at her top morning odds. A creditable runner-up to Mount Logan on her seasonal return over this course back in May, Hughie Morrison’s inmate has run well on her three subsequent outings - including last time out at Newmarket - and with the form of that race boosted by Abingdon landing a listed contest at York subsequently, hope is high that she can follow in a similar vein.
MICKEY (best price 5-1) ran really well against the older horses at Haydock last time out and rates a strong choice now back in his own age category. Trying to cut out all the running, Tom Dascombe’s charge was only just cut down by the in-form Normandy Barriere in the latter stages, but in finishing well clear of the rest and clocking a fair speed figure into the bargain, he still posted arguably a career-high performance. Fairly uncomplicated regards run-style, the son of Zoffany should be capable of hitting the board at the very least if he runs up to a similar level this afternoon.
GUNS OF LEROS (NAP) (best price 5-1) really came of age at Salisbury last time and he’s taken to build on that positive energy and follow up in this concluding staying handicap. Racing over 1m 4f for the first time, Gary Moore’s charge appeared to relish the stamina test presented to him that day and with the time figures he posted suggesting it was a performance of some repute, there’s every reason to belive he can repeat the dose providing he can handle this more idiosyncratic track.