The four-year-old won his first two races in 2018, starting at Chelmsford and then here a year ago over an extended mile and a half. Up in class after, including at Listed level, he hit the crossbar on several occasions and looked unfortunate not to add to his tally. However, he made a big leap forward at Musselburgh proving he has the ability to shine in hot handicaps and, well drawn with three of the best four figures in today’s valuable stayers’ contest, can follow up.
Austrian School 2pt win @ 3-1
Cleonte 1/2pt ew @ 6-1
The selection is 0-9 over the sticks but is a four-time Flat winner and at his best when the going becomes testing. He scored here on heavy ground in 2017 and with further showers forecast for the Roodee, could get his optimum slow conditions.
Bahama Moon 1pt ew @ 7-1
He may have just needed the run after a 181-day break when posting an excellent effort on the ratings at Newbury in soft ground on his comeback and should now be spot on. Any further rain will not harm his chances this afternoon.
Coeur De Lion 1pt win @ 7-2
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