Sweetspots: Bleu can prove the best again off winning mark
Saeed Bin Suroor has outstanding records with first-time geldings (32%) and first-time hoods (45%) so Al Mustashar (Lingfield 3.45) can be given a chance to atone for two defeats as favourite last year.
Upsilon Bleu runs at Doncaster in the 3.50 for the third time having been runner-up in 2014 and winning it last year. He’s back off the same mark today and has been running well this winter.
Black Op (Cheltenham 3.00) was an impressive winner at Doncaster last time and, although he faces a leap in class, his trainer Tom George is 3-7 with first-time tongue ties.