Bet365, best odds): Kid Charlemagne is
given the nod ahead of Sergheyev and Dereks. The selection, unbeaten in bumpers,
was a warm order to maintain his winning streak on his hurdling bow but
something was clearly amiss as he weakened quickly before being pulled up. That
has to be a concern but he's been given a Cheltenham entry and is worth another
chance. Sergheyev is another talented bumper performer with something to prove.
He has raced as though something were amiss this term and has left David Pipe
since his last outing; the market should prove informative. Arctic Magic should
be capable of better, Pickamus and Blackthorn Boy should pick up races but
Dereks is of more interest. He takes a marked drop in trip today but that may
well suit this keen running sort who has plenty of natural ability. Keep an eye
on him but back Kid Charlemagne to take the honours.
Bet365, best odds): Miss Midnight gets the
vote in the finale with Honour's Dream and General Smith also considered. The
selection certainly deserves to resume winning ways as she has gone close on
each of her last 3 starts. She looks as though she is capable of winning off her
current mark and with the ground in her favour she looks the most likely winner.
General Smith is another consistent type but he is better on a faster surface
and on that basis he is worth taking on today. Honour's Dream has been running
well but the suspicion is that the handicapper may now have his measure. Caliban
is from a shrewd yard and he can go well at a price, but for the winner we will
stick with the admirably consistent Miss Midnight.