Forest Edge is either held up or tracks the leaders. A model of consistency and can never be discounted but maybe a little bit better over 6f. I think the handicapper may have the measure of the horse at the shorter distance. Swiss Cross likes to track the leaders and won nicely last time out in a class 3 handicap but has never won in a class 2 on the all-weather. Addictive Dream is a horse that can lead or track the leaders. But I'm fairly sure it would do better on a slower surface and these might
go too quick for him. Even Stevens either likes to lead or track the leaders but its recent times don't really put it into contention against these. Silken Express is either held up or tracking the leaders and comes out second on my figures and holds both Evens Stevens and Swiss Cross on recent form. Caspian Prince likes to lead but its times make me think it might struggle to win against today's opposition. It's the only horse with early pace drawn wide and could cause a few problems for those drawn inside his stall 11. Ubetterbegood is a hold up horse but has no form on the course but nothing says to me this will suit. Jiroft is held by Swiss Cross, so drops down the pecking order in my idea of the winner. Doctor Parkes usually tracks the leaders but it would be better running over a slower course. Lexis Hero is another that tracks the leaders and could make the frame and isn't badly housed in stall six. Muhdiq also tracks the leaders but on its recorded times doesn't look fast enough to be involved. Dangerous Age is an improving four-year-old that likes to track the leaders. It has won nicely twice over course and distance and did well when only just beaten in a photo at Kempton. Not ideally housed, in the outside stall, but Caspian Prince - who likes to lead - is drawn in stall 11 and could cause a few problems for those on the inside of him as he tries to lead and I'm hoping Joe Fanning can follow that horse to get into a good early position.
SUMMARY the two horses that are known as front runners are drawn in stalls 3 and 11. Those housed between them may struggle for a clear run and I'm hopeful that Joe Fanning can follow Caspian Sea and Dangerous Age can stay on to win. (E.R.I.C)