2.35: With such a fine record of going well when fresh, there has to be a slight doubt about CALL EQUINAME'S ability to run up to his best three weeks after his win at Cheltenham. But Paul Nicholls had Flagship Uberalles in top condition yesterday on his return from Cheltenham glory and Call Equiname should have no problem with today's longer trip, having shown staying ability in his novice days. Direct Route has almost five lengths to find on their Festival running and may always prove best over the minimum trip.
3.10: Nicky Henderson thought long and hard about finding the best race for Makounji at Cheltenham. The Arkle Trophy was the final choice over the longer Cathcart, but it did not really matter because the mare was in season and ran no sort of race. How she copes with this extended three miles is anyone's guess and the faster ground is also a worry. His Song is even more of a guess away from two miles and Spendid's jumping can be suspect when he is in action on a sharp course. That leaves EVER BLESSED with every hope of landing a decent prize. He has long been held in high regard and has duly passed two easy tests since his win from the decent King's Banker.
3.45: Micky Hammond won the Glenlivet Hurdle with Deep Water last year and here he runs a fresh, fast-ground lover in MONYMAN against Gris D'Estruval. Monyman won at Newcastle after a three-month rest and at decent odds it is worth chancing that he will stay the trip.
4.20: Fourth to Barton at Cheltenham over two miles and five furlongs, KING'S ROAD has been crying out for three miles and gets it for the first time today. He has a touch of class as well, and should stay on too strongly for proven stayer Shannon Gale and the two-mile winner Ricardo, both of whom also ran with credit at the National Hunt Festival.Reuse content