DUKE TO GIVE CUP RIVALS THE BOOT.
For starters, a draw in single figures is a kiss of death, so Ocean Tempest, One Word More, Moonday Sun, Dubawi Sound, Brownsea Brink, Brocklebank, Dixie's Dream, Secret Art and Enobled are at a disadvantage.
Four- or five-year-olds win this, so wave goodbye to Sweet Lightning, Spa's Dancer, Charles Camoin and Askaud.
You either score here if you are making your seasonal debut or have run in the Lincoln or Spring Mile at Doncaster. Burano and Tellovoi haven't, so they are added to the list.
Finally, we need to find a horse who has placed form in, at least a, 16-runner handicap.
Gabrial's Kaka, Tinghir, Foxtrot Romeo, So Beloved and Bluegrass Blues haven't, so we have a short list of five.
Of those remaining, I'm against Magic City and Bronze Angel on the grounds of weight carried and their handicap ratings, which are higher than ideal in both cases.
Therefore, we need to make a choice from Jacob Cats, Highland Duke and Amulet.
The first named hasn't shown a great deal since leaving Richard Hannon and isn't dropping quickly enough to attract me here.
Amulet improved at the end of last season but was hammered by the handicapper as a result, so it's the 5lb claimer-ridden HIGHLAND DUKE who is the bet. Clive Cox (above) does well on this track, so have 2pts ew at 20-1 with firms going five places.