GENERAL PRINCIPLE (NAP) (best price Evens) shaped with plenty of promise on chasing debut at Navan and this looks to be a decent opportunity for Gordon Elliot’s charge to get off the mark at the second time of asking. In a race dominated by the Giggingstown Stud operation, the son of Gold Well came out third best of those in the famous maroon and white silks, but when you consider he was behind the likes of Road To Respect and Prince Of Scars, the performance carries plenty of credence. Although likely to be seen to best effect over further in time, he has enough boot to cope with this sort of trip in the short term and in a race lacking any real strength in depth, he should make short work of his rivals with a clear round.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus
ELKSTONE (best price 9-2) exhibited quite a bit of ability before capsizing when beaten three fences from home on chase debut at Huntingdon and providing he’s suffered no ill effects from that tumble, he has a fair chance of making some sort of impact in this modest contest. Making his debut for Caroline Bailey, the son of Midnight Legend showed plenty of verve and exuberance in the early part of the race, so much so that he’d managed to build up a big advantage by halfway. Unfortunately, those exertions were beginning to take their toll on him before falling at the last in the back straight, but given that he’d gone well for the best part of 2m, the school of thought is that he could take some pegging back now dropping down to the minimum trip. At the very least, he represents a great opportunity for those that like to trade in running.
PEARL SPECTRE (best price 6-1) may have caused a 33-1 shock when scoring here three days ago, but there didn’t appear to be anything fluky about the performance and he’s taken to prove that theory correct on his return visit to the Essex track. Breaking well from his outside gate, Phil McKentee’s inmate was taken back off the speed once he got to the front and then sneaking up the inside when the front runners came off the curb turning for home, he found a nice turn of foot to put the race to bed in decent fashion. Nicely drawn this time around to adopt a similar ground-saving run around the inner, the son of Street Cry rates a decent bet to keep up the terrific recent form of his stable (Swiss Cross being another revitalised character).