As the only one of these on an upward curve and with the track likely to play to his strengths, it’s hard to look beyond CASARUAN. He has gone up 7lb and this will be his second start back from a break so he’s not entirely bullet-proof but he is clearly the likeliest winner. Mr Mac and Kodimoor are the most appealing alternatives, but both have wide draws to overcome.
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This looks much more open than the first division, though that’s because none of the 12 are solid. EMERALD FOX is the one most likely to give her running and this could be the day that she finally gets her head in front. Mirakhul is pick of the handicap newcomers, while Four Mile Bridge could be set for a big step forward on his second run for a new yard.
Astro King still has potential and should be better for his recent return from a break, when conditions looked to find him out at Doncaster, but this will be more about speed against some experienced, grizzled handicappers. Young Fire is 12lb higher than when last seen on the AW, thanks to two turf wins in the meantime, and this can go to OH THIS IS US, a dual C&D winner who’s 6-19 when partnered by Tom Marquand.
A few of these are tackling this trip for the first time, notably King Athelstan, Lyrica’s Lion and the lightly raced Alchimista, who’s taking a fourth consecutive step up in distance. Arietta is better than able to show last time and is worth considering at a price but ANISOPTERA (nap) has improved since handicapping over staying trips and looks up to defying a 4lb rise.
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It’s hard to get away from THE NOSEY PARKER following a pleasing debut in better company and she ought to progress past some exposed rivals. Rockingham Jill rates the main danger.
While several should improve and there are some good pedigrees on show, the racecourse evidence suggests that this is between FOLK MAGIC and Parachute, with the former narrowly preferred following his good finish on the AW at Wolverhampton. Arun River is the more eyecatching newcomer.
The lack of a recent run is a slight doubt but DUBAI WARRIOR has comfortably the best form on offer, tackles his ideal conditions, and should be able to kick off his winter campaign with another victory. Palavecino probably won’t be able to dictate with Golden Lips in opposition so Sinjaari is the favoured Exacta option, while a big run from Satono Japan wouldn’t entirely surprise.
A competitive renewal featuring the first three home from last year. Of that trio the admirable Judicial should give it his best shot despite a penalty, while Soldier’s Minute is as good as ever and could make the frame again, but GOOD EFFORT keeps finding more improvement and is taken to maintain his unbeaten record on this track.
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