Libby Ami showed improved form when getting off the mark at Newcastle nine days ago, proving herself much better than a BHA mark of 53 on handicap debut. Held up in the early stages, she was produced to lead a furlong out and kept going well to land the spoils by two lengths (had plenty in hand). Her strength at the finish suggests she may have even more to offer now stepping up to a mile, so a 6 lb penalty might not be enough to stop her going in again as she attempts to maintain her unbeaten record on the all-weather.
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Eyes has taken her form to another level on her last couple of starts, filling the runner-up spot on her penultimate outing at Wolverhampton and then looking unlucky not to finish closer when fifth at this course last time. She made eye-catching headway in the closing stages of that contest but could never get on terms, doing well to finish as close as she did after getting caught further back than ideal (also met trouble on the home turn). Still beaten only three and a quarter lengths, she looks on a fair mark and is fancied to open her account with a bit more luck this time.
Magical Mile produced his best effort yet when fourth on his handicap debut at Kempton two weeks ago, making some late inroads after being briefly outpaced when the tempo lifted in the straight. The way he shaped suggests the longer trip here will play more to his strengths, so he could be worth chancing from 1 lb lower. The promising Ray Dawson also claims 3 lb, and it’s worth remembering that Magical Mile’s half-brother, Good Effort, ran up a sequence last winter after finding his feet on the all-weather.
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