A return back to class five on the all-weather is certainly a plus for the top-weight Pike Corner Cross as is the booking of promising young jockey Callum Shepherd. With two winning rides from three trips aboard the six year old for Shepherd he certainly gets on well with the gelding. Now residing at a staggering ten pounds less weight than he’s won with previously and with the addition of blinkers for the first time today expect a big run from Pike Corner Cross.
Less seasoned handicappers such as Catoca and Oskemen are capable of vast improvement but that is far from a certainty.
The other course and distance winner Fortune And Glory has been ultra consistent this year and with a recent win under his belt demands a second glance but I’m hoping the extra weight will be enough to stop him from making it two victories in a row.
PIKE CORNER CROSS (WIN) – NAP