The selection has only ever won on the all-weather, with two of his four successes coming over course and distance. He last ran at the Sunbury-on-Thames venue just over a month ago and whilst he could only finish mid-division, did shows signs of a return to form, staying on after being given way too much to do. It was better again 15 days ago on turf at Bath, where he had to make up plenty of ground after trouble early in the race and also a furlong out.
With better luck Pike Corner Cross may have given the winner a fright and he returns to Kempton this evening a hefty 22lb below his last winning mark.
SHADY MCCOY (Leicester, nb, 3.05) has a fine strike-rate and is a shade unlucky not to have picked up a decent handicap this year. Again he ran well 10 days ago in a £112,000 Ascot race, staying on after a slow start on soft ground.
If ever a horse deserved to win again, then it has to be Shady McCoy who has a perfect 1-1 record at today’s venue and has the assistance of Ryan Moore.
MILAN OF CRYSTAL (Hereford, 5.30) came good again at this time last year and the nine-year-old mare gave notice of a likely return to the winner’s enclosure when running with credit over two miles last time. She was made to look one-paced after having to be switched late on and may well appreciate this return to further in Hereford’s finale, with a handy claimer booked.