Hard to believe that the boring flat is back so soon after the highs of Cheltenham but a 33/1 shot that should be 16/1 is as good here are it was last week. Pastime was a big eye catcher behind the fav for this race last year, around here in a strong looking 7 furlong handicap on Soft Ground. He is now 8lbs better off with What’s the Story for a couple of lengths in that run and Pastime had to come from another parish to grab 3rd. I think we can safely ignore his last run as he got behind early and never really got into the race. That run should put him right for this and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the step up in trip and the ground and course were all in his favour here. 33/1 looks massive. Mosse is booked for the ride and that can only be an advantage.
2 Points EW 33/1 5 places paddy/lads/betway
London Protocol was a bit of a talking horse a few times in the past but he finally got his act together with a couple of wins in France at the end of last year. He has been disappointing since but a couple of runs in Mayden should have put him right for this. He does look to be on a fairly tough mark but has plenty of form on soft and looks worth a play here at a huge price. He might just improve this year and if he does 66/1 could look very big.
1 Point EW 6 places 66/1 sky & coral 5 places generally