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5f 10y

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No. Horse Odds
1 (2) 11/2
2 (10) 9/1
3 (9) 6/5
4 (5) 5/1
5 (7) 20/1
6 (8) 28/1
7 (1) 40/1
8 (3) 6/1
9 (4) 40/1
10 (11) 11/1
11 (6) 40/1
Verdict

SAAHEQ returned from a year off the track to score readily at Doncaster last week and providing the dreaded 'bounce factor' doesn't play a part, connections could make hay while the sun shines under a 6lb penalty. Three Little Birds has been in fine form of late and the recent Bath winner is respected from just 3lb higher. Porti Ferro was a beaten favourite when last seen but has been running well this term and warrants a place on the shortlist along with the well treated Kasbah.

Verdict

While stall 9 isn't ideal, SAAHEQ otherwise has plenty going for him. Indeed, he made an absolute mockery of his mark last week at Doncaster where he was returning from a lengthy layoff and tackling this trip for the first time. This doesn't look as competitive and he is hard to oppose under a penalty. Kasbah, last year's winner Operative and Roundabout Magic can do battle for minor honours.