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Both Vintage Polly and Starbo finished ahead of him at this course last month but perhaps Phillip Makin can overturn that form with the weights now in his favour.
That was his first outing since June compared to his race-fit rivals and he should strip fitter for it here, with Rowan Scott back in the plate.
A switch to the all-weather clearly proved fruitful and he could be the one to side with off a lowly mark of 45.
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The unexposed son of Starspangledbanner won with ease at Redcar to shed his maiden tag in October on his first run under Kieran Shoemark and the Group 1 winning jockey keeps the partnership in-tact in the North East.
An opening handicap mark of 75 could be a bit stiff but he ran well at this course on debut and given the manner of his success last time out.
Captain Vallo, who has been ultra-consistent at this track on his last three starts, looks the obvious alternative.