Making her handicap debut at Chepstow back in July, Sparkling Olly showed marked improvement for the switch to Ralph Beckett’s yard, keeping on well to get off the mark in ready fashion. She went a long way to confirming that form when third under a penalty at Newmarket a week later, the quick turnaround possibly just taking the edge off her, but she got back on the up at Sandown last time, only losing out in a protracted duel with the winner in the dying strides, pulling nicely clear of the rest. She hasn’t taken long to develop into a useful type for the Beckett team and remains capable of better still, so she merits serious respect on her polytrack debut.
Imperium ended last season in good form, winning at this venue before arguably running even better in defeat over this trip at Lingfield, doing well to finish second given he was caught further back than ideal. He resumed winning ways on his return to action in June, just holding on having been dropped back in trip, and he just about matched that form when third at Haydock in September, translating the improvement shown on all-weather back to turf. This step back up to two miles looks a positive move, and he is clearly still in good heart, so he gets the vote to regain the winning thread.
Desert Flyer ticks plenty of boxes ahead of her second outing, not only did she win a very warm maiden at Newcastle on debut, she hails from the powerful John Gosden yard, and has the additional appeal of being owned by the Queen. She has the best form on offer and is the one to beat, but that is reflected in her price, so it could pay to side with something that may have been underestimated by the market, and William Haggas’s Poetry And Art makes appeal in that respect.
Having shown plenty of inexperience on her debut, Poetry And Art did better with an outing under her belt when fourth at Chelmsford last month. She appeals the type to do better still, and with William Haggas’s yard in good nick at present, she could be worth chancing at the prices.
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