I was very temped to write a 2 word explanation here but I won’t do that. Peace and Co should be far too good for these and I just can’t see anything that will give him any trouble at all if he is back to any kind of form. He was a big eye-catcher last time out when nothing went right, and he wasn’t given a hard race when his chance was gone. He did settle really well which was always his trouble in the past. 15/2 looks a very good price for him and he could easily outclass these and go of about 7/2. I take it as significant that he is still in training this year for this race, as I have him as a big fancy of mine for the County until he didn’t run.
3 Points win 15/2 VC/Lad/Coral/black 7/1 generally
Fire Fighting’s last win came over a fast 12 furlongs last year in Newmarket of a mark of 108. A repeat of that run here would give him a superb chance. There is nothing between a lot of these on current mark so 14/1 is certainly value
1 Point win 14/1 365/vc/stan/lads
Professor takes a leap of faith to give him a hope here but he really has been given a chance by the handicapper. He has been improving a bit over his last few runs and arrives here fit and ready to run. He if recovers even the form of his 6th last year in the Challenge Cup over this course and distance he will be right in the firing line here as he has 15lbs less to carry now. 50/1 and 6 places with paddy power looks madness to me.
1.5 Points EW 50/1 6 places Paddy Power.
My second pick in this is another 50/1 shot Shady McCoy. He really got going last year after a good win at Goodwood. He was a very good second to Salateen which has won 3 more times since, at Newmarket in what looks a very good race. He also ran well in a big handicap at Goodwood when not getting luck in running. If he can get back to that form here he could well be closing on these at the finish and looks value to get involved.
1 Point ew 50/1 6 places Paddy Power
Ive decided to go with something on the other side here just in case, especially when im left with 1 selection in this race. Zhui Feng looks very interesting of his mark here combined with a step back in trip. I think he looks like a 7 furlong horse and the fact he stays further will help here in this strongly run race. He has 2 good runs already this year and could be an improving 4yo. He showed plenty of speed as a 2yo .
1 Point EW 25/1 6 places sky & paddy 25/1 5 places generally