by Chaos Rules
As expected a healthy division with 29 horses taking part and the final twelve are headed by Snakes In A Game (RAYLEIGH DOWN STABLES) winner of a big early season maiden he has since done well placing in three qualifiers and holds every chance here. Scarlet Monastery has very solid form but does shoulder a penalty.
Bold Lightning (BOB BAFFERT) won a qualifier first time up which means she has carried a penalty in her next two runs. She has not been disgraced and with likely improvement must be a lively contender.
Robin Hood (ANFIELD ROAD) changed hands for a pretty penny. He has placed in three qualifiers and has chances.
Scarlet Witch (NEMESIS STUD) is out of top sire Englands Dreaming. She is very lightly raced and while a qualifier win over 7f does give her a penalty to overcome its probably not insurmountable.
Volstagg (SUMNER FARMS) seems to have gone off the boil since early season and recent form, whilst by no means disgraced, not inspiring.
Voyager I (ILLITERATE BUNCH) won a qualifier last time out over 5f soft so has a penalty to overcome but a bigger issue is that he is not seeing out the trip over 6f and this is inexplicable unless he has been wrongly tacked his entire career. We wait to see how he is tacked on the day of the final.
Allez Allez (BLACK CAT RACING) despite some promise remains a maiden after 10 attempts and will need significant improvement to figure. Saharran Guest has had an excellent season but also has a penalty and prefers further. Simple Crown won a early season qualifier over 5F soft and its to be expected that there is plenty more to come but it hasn’t been shown yet and may not come in time.
Classic England (ANFIELD ROAD) set a new 2yo track record when winning her maiden but that and her qualifier win were over 7F so may be tapped for toe here.
Sandy Beach (JONJOS YARD) has run respectably but needs to improve again to figure.
ANALYSIS: Given the trainers record Bold Lightning has to be feared but SNAKES IN A GAME is taken to strike and show the benefit of reaching the final unpenalsied.
ODDS: SNAKES IN A GAME 4/1Fav, Robin Hood 5/1, Bold lightning 11/2, Scarlet Witch 6/1, Classic England 7/1, Voyagerl 8/1, Scarlet monastery 9/1, Simple Crown 10/1, Saharran Guest 12/1, Volstagg 14/1, Sandy Beach 16/1, Allez Allez 18/1