Fame and Glory is a worthy favourite as he bids to land back-to-back wins, but with the ground easing and more rain forecast he makes no appeal at the odds and Gulf Of Naples appeals as an each-way punt at 40/1.
Mark Johnston’s ran a cracker when second to Thimaar in the Queen’s Prize at Kempton and then stepped up significantly on that effort when making all and forging clear to beat Halla San in the mud at Ripon.
The colt then ran very well from an unfavourable wide draw when being forced to race wide and finishing third to Il De Re in the Chester Cup, before finding fast groudn against him last time out when third to Cavlaryman over 1m 6f at York.
Although beaten just over 6 lengths that day he rallied well after coming under strong pressure three from home over a trip which was arguably too short.
Today’s marathon journey of 2m 4f will be much more up his street, and there is every chance that he could be allowed a soft lead up front.
That makes him potentially very interesting at huge odds, especially after 8mm of rain fell overnight at the Berkshire track.
With more rain forecast the ground could well be soft come race time, and if it is then Gulf Of Naples will have his ideal conditions.
Most of the leading contenders are at their best on good/quick ground, and his proven ability to act in it is a major plus.
At 40/1 I think he is a massive price for a trainer who has won the race three times and whose stayers always command the utmost respect.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 1pt each-way Gulf Of Naples (40/1 Boylesports, Paddy Power, Hills, Ladbrokes – BOG)