DELANNOY(best price 14-1) shaped a good deal better than his final finishing position suggested at Sandown on his debut and he may well turn out to be a little more competitive second time around providing he can handle today’s easier terrain. Nibbled at in the market at the Esher venue, the son of Le Havre was staying on well enough to suggest he may have finished placed but for being hampered inside the final furlong and although the form doesn’t look anything special at this stage, it’s not as if today’s contest appears anything out of the ordinary either.
GLORIOUS LEGEND(best price 15-2) has shaped several times that he could turn out to be a bit better than his current handicap mark and he gets a chance to prove that theory correct racing over a track that should play into his strengths. Unlucky when denied a clear run at Redcar two starts ago, Ed Walker’s charge might have just found the ground a little quick for him at Lingfield last time out so today’s underfoot conditions should enable him to stride out to better effect in the closing stages.
CHARLIES MATE(NAP)(best price 4-1) has been in deep waters up against some real improvers on his last two starts and while that might well turn out to be the case once again tonight, he still rates a fairly reliable proposition from an each-way perspective. Fourth to the improving three-year-old Athlon over tonight’s course two starts ago, John Best’s charge had the misfortune to bump into another from the same generation in the shape of Charlie Bear back here the last day, but with the time figure good and the winner going in again since, the form couldn’t be any stronger.