Representing Bob is unbeaten over fences and will no doubt be very popular for this event as he performed very well when upped in trip last month at Catterick. He has to contend with a 9lb rise for that success though and he probably would prefer a slower surface and for these reasons I’m going against him here.
Dame Du Soir is one who could get involved at a big price if finding her best form but she is unproven at this sort of distance and I think there will be other races for her.
Rose Of Aghaboe will have his supporters for this race having gone close over course and distance last month. The winner has since confirmed the strong form line by defying his 4lb penalty at Exeter and he will be a strong contender here. The likely good ground will hold no fears for him and even though jockey Tabitha Worsley only claims 3lb instead of the 5lb she did last time and the fact he is up another 1lb in the handicap does not deter me at all and I believe he is the most likely winner here.
ROSE OF AGHABOE (WIN)
The former Sir Mark Prescott trained Thapa VC was a good winner last time out over course and distance. He has a very wide draw to contend with here however and it’s not easy to get a great position from that stall at this trip. He will need an even better performance to follow up here and I’m opposing him at his price.
Abnaa is another with course and distance winning form from 10 days ago. He did have 7lbs taken off his back by a claimer that day however and is another who will need to improve, maybe even a career best, to land the spoils here.
My vote in this contest will go to the maiden Always Dreaming. She was incredibly unlucky not to have won over course and distance last month having seemingly put the race to bed before being nabbed late by a course specialist who benefited from a strong pace that day. She followed this up with another strong run at Lingfield a few weeks back. Her draw won’t be much of an issue and the race is likely to be run at a nice pace for her and I’m picking her to finally break her duck here.
ALWAYS DREAMING (WIN)
written by Tom Bates