Salsify is the clear favourite here and with good reason. Salsify has an excellent record and has won or placed in three-quarters of all races it has been run in. Salsify is also experienced at winning at this distance, winning at Cheltenham last year. Salsify is great on the soft and heavy going and conditions will be favourable this week. Chapoturgeon is Salsify's nearest challenger, but has not stepped up to this distance that well, despite a 2nd place at Cheltenham last year. In our opinion Chapoturgeon is much better placed to running shorter distances and may suffer here if the going is soft.
Backstage is a well experienced 11 year old but lacks the consistency to challenge here. Cottage Oak is a better outside bet, having won at Haydock in February and Kelso in January. Cottage Oak may be worth an each way bet here having won twice this year on heavy going at similar distances. Tricky Trickster does not have the consistency to challenge, but may be backed well after good performances of late on soft and heavy going. That's Rhythm is a 13 year old tht still performs very well, with 3 wins in the last 12 months and 1 second place. That's Rhythm could well pull off a place here. Radetsky March has a history of pulling up - on 5 occasions in the last two years, but has won twice in February at this distance.
WinDrawWin Prediction - Salsify to Win. Cottage Oak and That's Rhythm to Place.