Just the four runner at the end of a card which has offered more quality than quantity. Two of them are trained by Charlie Longsdon with course and distance winner Treackle Tart preferred to The Queen’s Forth Bridge, who has yet to strike form this season. Cloth Cap is a strong stayer who can build on his third in a competitive handicap at Ascot but this may end up a tactical affair and Nicky Richards’ mare MY OLD GOLD may have more speed. She ran well enough at Carlisle last month, despite finishing last of four and gets the nod.
My Old Gold (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) In rear and in touch, one pace and no impression from 3 out, last of 4, 14 1/4l behind Lostintranslation (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 4f lst (1) sft in Nov.
Treackle Tart (IRE) 5-1 (12-4) Led, headed 4th, tracked winner until 9th, tracked leaders, ridden 14th, mistake 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 29 1/2l behind Touch Kick (11-9) at Fakenham 3m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Cloth Cap (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, bumped 4 out, ridden to challenge when not fluent last, kept on, 3rd of 13, 6 1/4l behind Militarian (11-10) at Ascot 3m hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Forth Bridge 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, some headway approaching 4 out, weakened before next, never on terms with leaders, 9th of 11, 17 1/4l behind Azzerti (11-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.