Ishetoo may find this a bit on the short side and he usually tracks the leaders. This gelding only comes out fifth on my ratings and likely to be outpaced. Louis Vee has tried to lead before but over six furlongs and I doubt if he's fast enough to lead over the minimum trip. Roy Brotherton's six-year-old comes out fourth on my ratings if you count his six furlong performance where it led. Lord Buffhead tracked the leaders last time, just as he usually does, and got up to win. Top rated, this brown gelding could win
easily. Speedyfix is a hold-up type, recording slow figures over course and distance. I think it may be better off running at Kempton or Lingfield. Flow Chart is another horse that has led but over six furlongs and may find this trip a bit on the short side. A top three rating suggests a place effort. Dear Ben may set the pace over five furlongs. It comes out second on my ratings so should run its race. If leading, looks the type to hold on for a place. Lady Rain has limited form and easily held by Ishetoo. Milton Bradley's mare needs to improve dramatically to win and best ignored. Busy Bimbo recorded a fast time, putting it second on ratings, over course and distance. That time was recorded before the track was re-laid, when times were much quicker. He also likes to track the leaders but doubt if he's good enough to win. Chateau Lola is a hold-up type but its times over course and distance are slow. Will struggle to even make the frame.
Summary: Dear Ben is the most likely leader and being second top rated has a fighting chance. However, if all goes to plan, Lord Buffhead has the ability to win. The favourite is Speedyfix. Granted, it was unlucky on its last visit to this course. But strictly on form is held by Ishetoo, which isn't even rated in my top four. It would be better on a faster course and a horse I would lay. (E.R.I.C.)