DIGGIN DEEP (best price 5-1) probably found dropping back down to 2m 4f counting against him at Newcastle last time out, but now stepping back up to the trip which saw him put in an impressive performance the time before, the son of Royal Anthem can make it another successful raid over the Irish Sea.

An 18-race maiden going into that contest at Musselburgh back in November, Stephen Hanlon’s gelding belied his starting price in no uncertain terms by travelling like the winner throughout and sealing the deal with a nice turn of foot. Once again, he moved well at the Gosforth Park track 27 days ago before just getting done for a turn of foot by the useful and well-backed Gold Chain, but with the backend numbers staking up well for the grade and the pair well clear, there’s no reason to doubt the form. Likely to be well suited by the good ground and track layout this afternoon, this strong-travelling nine-year-old has the gears to cover the pace however fast they go and he rates a solid each-way choice.


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