Heaven Forfend is the understandable favourite here, setting a decent standard, but he has been uneasy in the market this morning. One who caught my eye on debut was Liberty Power for Tim Easterby. He was slowly away at Thirsk and was being pushed along for the majority of the race, but he started to overcome that greenness in the home straight where he ran on into sixth for what was ultimately an encouraging debut considering he didn’t really have a clue what he was doing for three quarters of the race. I’d expect him to do better here having had that experience and he’s a brother to three horses all with career-best RPR’s in the 80’s, so hopefully Liberty Power knows a lot more this time around.
Mark Of Gold has made a promising start to his career in a couple of novice races, running well but never quite looking fast enough to land a blow. He’s upped in trip now, which on run style and pedigree should really help, off a mark of 75 on handicap debut. He should be capable of progressing now tackling this sort of trip and I don’t think he’d need to be too far ahead of his mark to be winning this.