Ravenscar has been in good form over this course and distance of late and built on a couple of third-place finishes when an authoritative winner here three weeks ago. Ravenscar was well positioned and got first run on her rivals, but she still saw things out strongly and a 4lb rise in the weights for a two-and-a-quarter-length success does not look severe. She should launch another bold bid.
This has the potential to be a hot novice as there are several juveniles with eye-catching pedigrees. Darlectable You certainly makes plenty of appeal on paper as she is by Dubawi and out of multiple Group 1 winner Dar Re Mi, which makes her a full sister to Too Darn Hot, So Mi Dar and Lah Ti Dar among others. It will be interesting to see how she fares on debut.
Taravara took a big step forward on his debut effort when finishing third at Lingfield last month, but he still shaped as if he would benefit from the experience. Taravara was outpaced and ran green, but he did some good work towards the finish, running on well inside the final furlong. This stiffer mile will suit him well, while the application of blinkers could also eke out further improvement. He looks the one to beat.
Great Colaci has posted an impressive six victories at this venue, including two over this course and distance. The seven-year-old put up the best performance of his career to win over course and distance three weeks ago, registering a third success under good-value claimer Oliver Stammers, and he should give another good account from a 4 lb higher mark. He is in his element under these conditions.
Love of Zoffany didn’t make much of an impact in three starts in maiden and novice company on turf, but he has shown much improved form since going handicapping on the all-weather. He was an encouraging runner-up over this course and distance, deserving extra credit having been up in the firing line throughout, and he built on that when getting off the mark at Wolverhampton, staying on strongly inside the final furlong to prevail by three-quarters of a length. He could still have more to offer.
Marta Boy failed to run up to his best when fifth behind Love of Zoffany at Wolverhampton last time, but the step up to seven furlongs counted against a two-year-old that had shown plenty of speed over six furlongs on his previous couple of outings. He will benefit from the drop back to six furlongs and remains with potential as a sprinter, by no means fully exposed.
Tomily had been badly out of form and was plummeting in the weights, but he produced a much more encouraging performance when third over course and distance last time. Tomily went with a lot more spark than he had previously this year, travelling fluently in the lead before being headed inside the final half-furlong. He has gone up only 1 lb, so is still 9 lb below his last winning mark and of obvious interest.
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