My first port of call is, as is usual, age grouping. A seven or eight year old has won this on no fewer than seven of the last 10 runnings and so that’s my first shortlist of:
All seven year olds as the eight year olds have given this a complete swerve.
The tissue has been a decent guide in the past, too, the winner was to be found in the front three in the market on no fewer than seven of the last 10 runnings and of those four named above, only NEXT SENSATION qualifies.
POST RACING PROFILE HORSE = NEXT SENSATION
From a weight range point of view I’m happy to run with this one, too. We have seen 20 horses carrying 11st 7lb or more competing in this event over the last 10 years and seven have won or placed.
Something very interesting surfaced while working on this one and that is the record of horses trained by Venetia Williams. She clearly tries to get one ready for it as her record of two winners and five placed horses, from just eight runners over the last 10 years, would testify to. Today she is represented by Stone Light.