Mr Bossy Boots was a big disappointment on Wednesday and didn't show any of his usual zest in the closing stages, although met trouble early on and got a massive bump from the runner-up early in the straight. However, it later transpired that he had bled from the nose and it's obviously easier to ignore a run when they've burst. Whether it's something he has suffered from before, I'm not sure, but hopefully he'll be back on the track sooner rather than later as there's a handicap in him before too long.
At 11/1, it could be worth taking a chance on Examiner to win this year's Lincoln trial, for all that I wouldn't give him much hope in the main event itself. Stuart Williams' 7-year-old ran in this race twelve months ago and didn't have the best of luck, being forced ridiculously wide on the turn into the home straight and he could have got second to the progressive Nimr otherwise. The way he finished off was eye-catching and if the trainer has got him at a similar level of form today, he has more than enough ability to get heavily involved once more. I don't think this is a great race for the money on offer and the favourite is our winner from last week, Constantino, who backs up quickly. It's possible he could bounce and although he's the one to beat if he doesn't, the price doesn't make much appeal. Big Country has to prove he has the speed for the trip and Mr Scaramanga is high enough in the weights for my liking. Examiner is the one I keep coming back to and if he's fit (hard to know but likely targeted at this), a big run should be forthcoming.
Gloriux didn't achieve very much with Charles Hills (0-6), going backwards after finishing second on debut at Doncaster as a juvenile. He did, however, catch the eye in no uncertain terms on his first start for John Balding three weeks ago, getting badly hampered when running on well inside the last half-furlong of a similar quality minimum trip handicap at Newcastle. If it wasn't for the interference, he would have been much closer to the winner, Big Lachie, and I expect that form to be turned around under today's conditions. The step up in trip is in his favour too and there's untapped potential that could come out over 6f on the All-Weather. Of the others in the race, Desert Fox likes it here and is in great knick at present, but 9/4-5/2 is hardly appealing with another career-best required. Lanjano has had a break since running well over C&D (seems to need time between races) but a price I'd have accept about him has disappeared. Gloriux is the play and if he handles the track as well as he did Newcastle, he'll go close to winning.
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