Stamina is an important component to factor in as eight of the last 13 winners had previously won over two mile and three furlongs.
Being proven at getting the trip looks a massive plus when drawing up shortlists.
Don’t make the assumption that your pick will last the extended two and a half miles, they could find the petrol tank ticking empty when they turn for home.
In the last 10 years, six of the winners were proven winners over at least two and a half miles.
To further scout out those with the needed ability for this race, nine of the last 13 winners had taken a class 2 hurdle.
When the entries come out, look for those performing at or above the class 2 threshold.
If they’re winning at that sort of level they’ll be more likely to be able to get competitive here.