Dr Richard Newland continues in fine form, posting eight winners from his last twenty runners, and looks to have a great chance of bagging another winner with his runner Settimo Milanese. The six-year-old has struck up a great partnership with in-form jockey Charlie Hammond, teaming up to win their last two runs in convincing fashion, beating a couple of decent yardsticks in Lively Article (a winner on hurdles debut) and Vinnie Lewis (who won next time out) at Southwell earlier in the month. Capable of further progression, he can notch the hat-trick here.
Bon Chic won this race last season and is only 3lbs higher this time around, although put in a disappointing run when last seen at Perth in September so the bigger danger looks to be Ready And Able who has previously won on return from a break and also arrives looking to make it three wins in a row, although needs to prove he stays this longer trip.
Settimo Milanese (WIN) – NAP