was a revelation back from a break when upped to 1m2f for the first time at Ripon last month. Whilst that form has been franked since, and a 6lb rise seems fair, Joe Doyle might have his work cut out to get on the front end from a wide draw in stall 11. The safest option is to ignore Spirit Of The Vale's
latest defeat (too far), and whilst she's higher in the weights now, she commands respect on the basis of her almost exemplary C&D record and looks more than capable of making the frame at least. However, in a race where few can be fancied, a real chance is taken on the seven race maiden SHAKABULA
. He isn't fully exposed over longer trips, and with his recent fifth to Vindicator at Thirsk working out well enough, he could capitalise on a reduced plater's mark under the wily former champion Paul Hanagan.
- Spirit Of The Vale