It may well be an all-weather novice event but of the eight set to go to post there’s some big name yards represented.
Beckett, Osborne, Botti, Dunlop, Gosden and Appleby are illustrious names in the world of flat racing and all saddle a representative in this nine and a half furlong contest. Both Elisheba and Hen aim to improve on their opening fifth placed efforts and are likely to do so. With less runners than their initial contests and now with a run under their belts expect a much better showing however they seem open to the classier looking Dawn Crusade.
The Dawn Approach filly certainly caught the eye when finishing runner up at Lingfield. She hung badly and threw away her chance entering the closing stages but will have certainly learnt an abundance from that outing. With trainer Charlie Appleby in blistering form this winter (53% winning strike rate the past 14 days) expect Dawn Crusade to take all the beating.
DAWN CRUSADE (WIN) – NAP