I hope the ground dries out to be good or faster but as I post these the evening before its very doubtful but I'm forever the optimist but if it is soft ground ignore my ramblings. Casterbridge is my 3rd top rated and a front-runner but stall 6 isn't ideal but it could make the frame.
SYRIAN PEARL is trained by Chris Wall. This six-year-old grey mare was in great form in 2016, achieving an all-time high in official rating. In some respects, she has suffered a touch but has finally been lowered in the weight which has seen a couple of decent efforts in her last two starts. She is priced 5/1 with leading bookies so take a look at netbet.co.uk for the best odds available on horse racing and other sports. Syrian Pearl is another possible pacesetter and well drawn in stall 12. If getting to the front it could prove hard to catch.
Philip McBride's QUATRIEME AMI is a four-year-old gelding who won three times on the bounce as a juvenile.This attractive son of Equiano has gone from an official rating of 94 to a low of 69 before sparking back to form when winning at Redcar just over a week ago. He is priced 15/2 and my top-rated horse here but by just 1lb so to win this race it may have to reproduce its absolute best here and I will have to go with backing 2 selections to cover different angles.
Syrian Pearl 10/1 1st
Quatrieme Ami 9/2 Unp
There's 3 known front-runners in this race but LYDIA'S PLACE 16/1 looks the most likely to do the best of those at the front from the off as it's my 2nd top rated and that will make it hard to catch for most of these but I do have FATHER MCKENZIE 9/1 marked down as my top rated, it usually likes to track the leaders, but that time was recorded in 2016 and it's not reached the same standard so far this year but it is a 3year old and could spring back to life without warning so I will go with backing the pair of them with each way wagers to cover both angles.
Lydia's Place 16/1 Unp
Father McKenzie Unp