It has been nearly a year and 13 outings since the Mark Johnston-trained, Franny Norton-ridden RUFUS KING won his last race, but he has a lot going for him this evening and can get his head in front at the line.
Her ran a cracker just last Friday at Haydock over mile when going down by just a length to Certain Lad off today’s mark of 90 and the extra two furlongs this evening might now be beneficial.
He has tackled it just once in his career, at Chelmsford two outings ago and after breaking slowly, ran on to go down by a length to Star of Southwold, who has been second since in the Carlisle Bell.
At just four years of age Rufus should not be in decline and he is 8lb below his last win.
James Tate’s SAMEEM looks the obvious danger, being top on ratings and running well, before beating only two home in the Britannia, whilst MANDARIN is being backed to solve the puzzle.
Coral’s 6/1 about Rufus looks worth an each-way punt in an eight-horse race.
Gold Cup favourite Kemboy was flag-bearer in blue and white colours.
Murphy sets sights on Sandown.
Clonmel Oil success sees star chaser back on track.
Fragile hurdler missed last season.
Saturday prospects hinge on Friday inspection.
Queen’s granddaughter joins racecourse committee.
Favourite Slate House also among 20 declared for big handicap.
All go as Italian fits Lingfield, Japan and Hong Kong into schedule.
Course to hold precautionary check at 3pm on Thursday.
Gold Cup hero Al Boum Photo may start at Tramore again.