ABDUCTION holds leading claims of starting the season on a winning note for Jim Goldie and David Egan. With three wins already over this journey, including at this venue, there could be more to come from him. His final start here was a promising effort, running on strongly for second, despite encountering traffic down the straight. A 4lb swing in the weights entitles him to reverse form with market rival Autumn Festival and expect a bold showing if getting the breaks.
A competitive staying handicap chase with numerous contenders, including course scorers aplenty. One of the more unexposed types catches the eye – FEIVEL – who has shown big improvement for Stuart Edmunds. The Le Fou gelding is lightly raced, despite being an eight-year-old, and scored on a stable bow at Wetherby three starts back. He backed that excellent effort up with a good second at Sandown, prior to unseating his rider last time. Drying ground is likely to suit and there is scope for further progress, against the majority of this field, who have already shown their hand to the handicapper.
SHOWMEDEMONEY could improve for the switch to turf after a mixed winter record on the all-weather. He did score at Newcastle in February prior to a pair of modest runs. There is the opportunity to bounce back, returning to this winning track, in a race that doesn’t appear the strongest 0-70.
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