Pulled hard soon tracked leader, weakened 2f out, eased final furlong, tailed off op 25/1
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Weight: 9-0| Age: 7
T: M Appleby J: Oisin Murphy
Weight: 8-11| Age: 10
T: P Morris J: G Lee
Via Via (11/10), War Department (7/2), Twin Appeal (7/2), Bouclier (8/1), Enjoy Life (12/1), Hail Clodius (14/1), Baltic Prince (20/1), Gramercy (20/1), Glorious Poet (25/1), Shootingsta (33/1)
Probably only Via Via stands between this being a straight shoot-out between War Department and BOUCLIER. James Tate's Via Via should appreciate the switch to Tapeta having scored on fast ground at Newmarket in October 2016, and a 5lb rise is far from prohibitive. However, he's likely to find it tough to down the two rivals who clashed over C&D last week. The selection is 5lb better off with his conqueror, and fully entitled to improve for the switch to Mick Appleby, and he just gets the nod over a most solid dual C&D winner who hails from a stable in form in a race where the margins promise to be extremely fine.