Frampton comes here having made a respectable reappearance when chasing home Feast Of Fire at Uttoxeter last month. With the cobwebs well and truly blown away on that occasion, better can be expected from him this afternoon. The front two pulled some fifteen lengths clear of their rivals on that occasion suggesting that the form could be worth following. Charlie Longsdon has his stable in rude health at present and with Richard Johnson booked to ride connections will be hopeful of another solid effort.
Urcalin has continued his improvement this season and has to rate as an obvious danger. He has not finished outside of the first two places in his last six outings and he commands utmost respect here. A five length win over Horatio Hornblower at Warwick looks decent form and if in the same mood here he will take some stopping. Dreamsoftheatre is a previous course and distance winner but he has to give weight away all around today as well as having to race off a career high mark. Barry Geraghty keeps the ride on the Jonjo O’Neill trained runner but he will appreciate the return to three miles and is another worthy of consideration.
Frampton has been raised five pounds for his latest effort but he comes into this race in peak shape. He will have an obvious fitness edge over the likes of Port Melon and Billy Merriott. Parish Business and By The Boardwalk need to improve again. Frampton gets weight from most of his rivals this afternoon and that could make the difference.
Frampton (E/W if 9/2+)
Native Display got off the mark in handicap company when last seen winning over this course and distance just a couple of weeks ago. That will have certainly bolstered his confidence and now that he is at peak fitness, he is likely to try and repeat the feat. Andrew Tinkler keeps the ride on this five year old and despite having to give weight away this afternoon he is improving and this looks a decent opportunity for him to follow up.
Creatur has only had a handful of runs and seems to be progressing with every outing. His recent run at Exeter should have sharpened him up further and he looks a potential threat. Alan Johns has once again been deployed to offset five pounds from his partner and this lightly raced French import should go well. Moon Trip was sparingly campaigned on the flat throughout the summer, but this dual purpose performer is a previous course and distance winner. A return to hurdling could spark a revival in his fortunes and he could sneak into the frame at decent odds.
Nicky Henderson is likely to have left plenty to work on with this son of Presenting so it is unlikely that we have seen the best of him. Despite an eight pound rise in the ratings he looks is one of the least exposed in the field and looks sure to go well.
Native Display (WIN)
Brother Tedd looked a progressive sort for Philip Hobbs last year accumulating three wins from just seven starts. The best of those wins came at Sandown in April when he saw off no fewer than seventeen rivals in a decent handicap. He is a dual course and distance winner and the stable are well renowned for producing winners at the first time of asking. Richard Johnson gets on well with the son of Kayf Tara having been on board for all of his successes to date.
Low Key has been kept busy on the flat this summer by David Pipe so he will have a massive fitness advantage over some of his rivals. He is also receiving weight from all of his adversaries and that could also play to his strengths. He has never won over this distance before but he is unlikely to be phased by it and he looks a massive danger. Silviniaco Conti is a surprise runner in this race and stays much further than this trip. Paul Nicholls has stressed that he needs to get him fit for his chasing campaign, so it is unlikely that he will be given too tough a race here. He cannot be backed with any confidence and a watching brief only is advised.
Brother Tedd is still only a six year old and if he progresses as expected, he is likely to prove a good bit quicker than most of these older rivals. Any rain that falls would certainly increase his chances and with the yard in good form he has to rate highly on any shortlist. He clearly has an affinity for this track and looks the one that they al have to beat.
Brother Tedd (WIN)