Slightly below-par last time out at Doncaster, there’s a decent PIKE CORNER CROSS (best price 6-1) can bounce back to something like his best form now returning to his favoured polytrack surface. Although there’s a school of thinking that suggests Ed De Giles’ charge maybe a better horse at Kempton, he has run well on both his two starts at today’s venue and the way he mowed down the front-running Pendo at the Sunbury venue two starts ago points towards him being overpriced at his early quotes.
WILMS WARRIOR (NAP) (best price 6-1) ran with great credit when runner-up to the useful She’s A Star at Listowel last week and there’s no obvious reason why this consistent mare won’t go well again against similar opposition. The time figure of that soundly-run heat at the Harvest Festival suggests it was a decent race of its kind and with the front two puling well clear of the rest, the form looks solid. Having already proved that she stays this sort of trip well when wining a bumper over 2m 4f on soft ground at Kilbeggan back in July, a step up in distance should turn out to be ideal for the daughter of Dubai Destination and at 6-1, she rates a cracking each-way bet to hit the frame at the very least.
Apart from one bad blunder at the first open ditch, NO CEILING (best price 9-4) jumped pretty well when making a successful chasing debut at Sedgefield last time out and the hat trick looks a distinct possibility for this in-form six-year-old. Prior to that smart effort at the Co Durham venue, Ian Williams’ inmate treated subsequent winner, Deserter, with the utmost distain when hacking up at Southwell over hurdles and with the possibility of more to come, an extra 9lb rise in the ratings seems well within his compass.