By Brian Hughes
Alexanderthegreat, a winner of two on the flat for William Haggas, makes his hurdling debut for the John Quinn yard in the opening juvenile contest.
He has schooled well and a transfer of his ability on the level to this sphere will give him a winning opportunity.
The opposition is mostly fellow debutants with Fabianski the pick.
Dallas Cowboy was a hurdles winner at Wexford back in 2015 but has shown moderate form since.
He has his third run for the Wainwright yard and needs to show considerable improvement to get involved today.
Whin Park has some good recent form and looks the choice.
Mistiroc, successful in five flat runs, made a pleasing start over hurdles at Hexham for me nineteen days ago beaten by under six lengths, after a troublesome passage.
I expect him to improve for the experience and make the frame.
It is a competitive little contest with Smiths Cross and smart flat performer Lord Yeats strong rivals.
Robbing The Prey won a second chase in good style at Haydock in May, coming home four lengths clear.
He probably needed his comeback run at Aintree nineteen days ago and should be fitter for today’s contest.
Theflyingportrait finished second in that race and looks the one to beat.
A return to the form of my horse’s penultimate outing would give him a good each-way chance.
Age Of Glory won at the course in January and returns after a ten-month break.
He is on a good mark and a return to the early year form would put him right in contention.
Sleepy Haven, who ran well at Hexham last week, and the Ian Williams trained Always Resolute will be strong rivals.
Manon, second on her rules debut in a bumper at the course in March, returns after a 222-day break.
There are many with chances including Deadringerforlove, a half-sister to Sizing John, who ran a promising fourth at Chepstow three weeks ago and Stream Lady, an Irish Point winner.
I hope my horse repeats her last run at the track.