TILE TAPPER stayed on well to finish third to Metier, who he had chased home on hurdling debut at Ascot, in the Tolworth at Sandown and the step up in trip provides him with a decent opportunity to get off the mark over timber. Alaphilippe carries a double penalty for his victories at Ayr and Sedgefield but demands respect, although Chepstow scorer Seelotmorebusiness rates the bigger threat.
An intriguing opener in which Chris Honour's TILE TAPPER gets the vote to open his account in this sphere having not been disgraced behind the unbeaten Metier on both starts over timber so far. He faces some serious opposition however, with Seelotmorebusiness, Alaphilippe and Stellar Magic all looking sure-fire improvers, and they won't allow the selection to have it all his own way.
Orencia is sure to be popular here in search of a hat-trick and makes plenty of appeal alongside Toffen and Mark Casse's What A Beaut, who both tasted success when last seen. Apurate and Woodbine runner-up Holyanna possess a touch of class, but preference is for FOLLOW THE FLAG, who got off the mark at the second attempt last April and there could be plenty more to come from the $675,000 buy.
A small but competitive field and the pace will be the decider. Strong front runner BRAND NEW CADILLAC disappointed over longer last time and the combo is on a hat-trick to retain a perfect record. CAPTAIN CHORUS is holding form and could go in again, however, he is 3kg worse off with the former for a neck beating. PORT KEY should get back to best and get into the action. OUR COYS may find this a touch too far. FACT is capable but a bit erratic nowadays. GOLD GRIFFIN will prefer a good pace.