Given the inclement weather this race will take a fair bit more getting than was first thought at the start of the week.
That said, a number of these young horses still possess plenty of potential, even for soft ground racing, with these six being the ones we like against the 16-runner field:
Having made a satisfactory belated debut in April this year, it became clear that this was a horse ready to make up for lost time.
At Chester, where races were riding very slowly, Alfaadhel got himself out the back which wasn’t ideal but went easily throughout and won nicely after Jim Crowley sent him about his business.
He won with even more authority next time at Lingfield on the Polytrack, but having gone around an extended mile-and-a-quarter at Chester on softer ground there will be no doubts about him getting home here, he’s on the improve and can prove to be nicely handicapped.
Roger Varian, who runs Alfaadhel, also has Fantastic Fox for the King Power team and he makes this shortlist based on his undoubted potential.
His seven-length win at Hamilton last time out was very impressive visually, but as a punter you may be left only hoping that he can handle this much slower ground given that he made just an average debut in similar conditions last year.
Another King Power horse in with a chance is Foxes Tales, this time for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy.
There are some negatives to take into consideration with him. His only win in three came on good racing ground, while he was also said to never be travelling when considered to be in with a chance behind El Drama at Chester on softish ground in the Dee Stakes.
He was just 3/1 for that however, and if the problem was Chester, which it is for many, he could still be a pretty decent horse and so has to enter calculations off a mark of 93.
We were surprised to see Hugo Palmer’s representative open up at around the 14/1 mark for this race.
In terms of trip; he saw out an extended mile on debut at Nottingham to win impressively and did so again over Newcastle’s demanding mile-and-a-quarter on the Tapeta last time out.
The Tapeta can be relatively deep and his Nottingham win was achieved on soft ground, so there are no worries in terms of the surface either, leaving us only to assess his ability versus his handicap mark.
Based on the form of Daramethos, who was third behind Irish Legend at Newcastle, and the speed figures attached to the win at Gosforth Park it seems this colt is worthy of a mark of over 100 around about now, but gets in here of only 90.
He is by Sea The Stars too, so even on breeding you’d suggest he will relish this test. Crack Irish-based jockey Colin Keane takes the ride.
From running to a level in the late-60’s on debut last July to being rated 88 now, Richard Fahey’s Seasett has done little but improve over the last year.
That can continue, while his strong second to Raadobarg on the heavy ground at Haydock suggests not only will he handle the ground here but also the step up in trip.
Joseph O’Brien will likely be pretty confident about the chances of Visualisation here. Although he was a winner over seven furlongs on the all-weather at Dundalk, his last three track appearances have been two wins and a second on soft or heavy ground over a mile.
The ground is not a worry then and he’s clearly going the right way, though his mark of 100 really does look tough now unless the step up to 1m2f unlocks something more. He has stamina on the dam’s side, but being by No Nay Never means the trip is a concern.
There are various angles to take here then. A chance may be taken on Foxes Tales, though he does come with risks.
Alfaadhel is very talented and will prove to be better than this grade in time, he may even win this and that would spring zero surprises, but there’s just too much to like about IRISH LEGEND in these conditions and he is a very juicy price too.