CLOSEST FRIEND faces 5 rivals at Stratford tomorrow in a 2 mile 3 /12 furlong novice handicap chase and Harry Bannister rides him. He had his first run for 2 years at Huntingdon recently and it has taken him a while to get over the race but he seems in good form now. 2 miles looks bit sharp for him as he is getting older so he should appreciate the slightly longer trip. He was staying on well in the closing stages last time out. He will be wearing a tongue tie just to help with his breathing. Let's hope he can build on his last run and run a decent race tomorrow.