MASTER MCGRATH would be one of the nicest two-year-olds in Kevin Ryan’s yard and he should know his job well enough on debut.
He is one to have a close look at in the betting along with fellow newcomers Custodian and Panist who are both nicely bred and come from stables who can get them ready.
Dick Datchery could be the best of those with experience after a debut fourth over course and distance last time.
TAI SING YEH came over from Ireland to win over course and distance in May before an excellent second in a stronger race than this at Naas 16 days ago.
He looks on a fair mark and will be hard to keep out of the frame.
Kodicat was second here earlier this month when going down in a photo over this trip. She’s up a fair 3lb for that and will be competitive again.
Ventura Secret has been second in similar races to this on his past three outings and will be hard to keep off the podium again.
POPPING CORKS ran a personal best when second at Hamilton last time, beaten less than two lengths. She finished off well there from a fair way back and will hopefully be able to lay up closer to the pace today.
Hard Solution won a couple of sellers before finishing a close third in a better class race than this at Hamilton last time. He has plenty of pace and comes from an in-form yard.
Dream House didn’t get the run of the race when fourth at Haydock last time after earlier winning a shade cosily at Redcar. He’s handicapped for another good effort.
ANNEXATION has shown some promise in maidens over shorter and is wisely upped in distance for this handicap debut. The handicapper hasn’t been too harsh and it wouldn’t take much improvement to get off the mark.
Prince Of Time was an excellent second at Carlisle 11 days ago when just beaten on the run to the line. He can be a quirky customer but has enough ability to figure.
Royal Duchess goes well here and battled to score over course and distance from just 2lb lower 14 days ago. A repeat of that could see her figure again.
VALLEY OF FIRE may not have the most inspiring form figures but he’s been running better than they suggest. He was almost knocked over when sixth at Haydock last time and is taking a fair drop in class now.
Macs Blessings dug deep to score at Catterick latest and the handicapper has been fair with a 2lb rise in the weights. As a three-year-old there should be more to come.
Retirement Beckons was impressive when scoring at Hamilton and won’t be far away under a penalty.
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CHINESE SPIRIT had the door closed on him a couple of times when beaten only a length over course and distance last time. This is a drop in class from that race and the handicapper has left his mark alone.
Move In Faster has been acquitting himself well and was less than two lengths off the pace at Hamilton latest. He is another who looks very nicely handicapped.
Rosemay clocked a good time when winning at Hamilton and will be right on the premises again.
ASIAN ANGEL should find this easier than the contest he was a solid fourth in at Nottingham earlier this month.
He sees out this 1m2f distance well and Mark Johnston’s horses continue in excellent form.
Nicholas T almost landed back-to-back wins here last time but left too much ground to make up in the closing stages.
He was still a good second and takes a big drop in class.
Glasses Up won this race 12 months ago and should run well again from just 2lb higher in the weights.
TAWSEEF was impressive when scooting away from his rivals at Nottingham last month.
He may be 11 but he has few miles on the clock and a 5lb rise in the weights looks more than fair.
Burn Some Dust has been running well over shorter including when third at York in good company latest.
Trainer Brian Ellison has his horses in good nick.
3.20 Black Anthem
4.25 Ink Master
5.00 Winter Lion
5.30 Frightened Rabbit
5.45 Whistler Bowl
6.15 Mitty’s Smile
6.50 Always A Drama
7.20 Dancing Warrior
8.20 Two Bids
8.50 Seductive Moment
6.25 Dream Kart
7.00 Ginger Jam
7.30 Billy Roberts
8.00 I Am A Dreamer
8.30 Red Seeker
9.00 Mi Laddo