Primio Bacio sets the standard but I was a little disappointed that she couldn’t get the job done at Chelmsford last time and she might just be a little bit vulnerable to an improver.
There are a few nicely-bred newcomers here but it might be worth taking a chance on Something Enticing on her second start. She was extremely slowly away and was detached three furlongs from home on debut over 6 furlongs at Kempton earlier this month (would advise anyone to watch the replay if they can).
She was tailed off even at the two furlong pole but she ran on incredibly to finish fifth, only beaten seven and a half lengths. While the early pace was too strong and it suited a closer, delving deeper into the sectional times, she ran the final three furlongs in 34.32 seconds. The next fastest in the race was the winner who ran that sectional in 36.33 seconds. It was an incredible disparity and that closing sectional compared favourably with the other races on the card and suggests that Something Enticing could have quite a bit of ability.
Hopefully she will have learnt plenty from that debut and if she can break on terms, she has a decent chance of landing a little bit of a surprise.
St Barts is lightly-raced, with just five starts under rules but he can be expected to improve for his excellent reappearance second at Exeter. Last season he showed huge improvement from his reappearance to second run and if showing that level of improvement again, he should be right in the mix.
After that reappearance last season, he won a maiden hurdle and won a Ascot easily handicap off a mark of 118. On his reappearance he was second to Ofalltheginjoints off a mark of 125 and has been raised 3lbs for that run, but he holds Thegallantway on that running and his hurdles win at Ascot.
With the Hobbs’ yard among the winners, he can get off the mark over fences.
Misty Whiskey was a course bumper winner an also won a bumper at Listed level. She took her time getting off the mark over hurdles, finishing second on her first 3 starts over hurdles last season. She did manage to get her head in front on her reappearance this season, winning at Uttoxeter over two miles where the application of a tongue tie could have been important.
That was only a handicap and she was only winning off a mark of 112 but she was extremely strong at the finish there, which suggests she will improve for stepping up in trip now. When factoring in the level she achieved in bumpers, there is every chance that she could rate 130+ over hurdles this season.
That would be more than good enough to win this.
This isn’t a very strong race for the track and while at first glance the chance of Commis D’Office isn’t obvious, he might be able to make his mark in this weak-looking heat. He showed decent form in France before switching to Venetia Williams and on his third start, he finished third at Chepstow off a mark of 123.
That was a very useful race with Eamon An Cnoic and Capeland in front of him and recent Grand Sefton winner Beau Bay behind him. He hasn’t achieved much since, but clearly didn’t stay over further on his last start. He has had a wind op since that run and that could be the key to an improved performance.
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