Blue Whisper is 9lbs higher than when winning on Tapeta last week, with a 5lbs penalty on top of a 4lbs rise, and his previous Polytrack efforts haven’t been great. Four Mile Bridge will also be popular after last week’s Wolverhampton near miss, but he’s winless after 23 starts and been turned over at 13/2 or shorter on nine occasions. The vote goes to EMERALD FOX, who easily beat a few of today’s rivals over course and distance last month before not seeing out 1m 2f last time.
This may go to POSSIBLE MAN, who showed distinct promise from an impossible mid-race position when unfancied for his Kempton debut. Visala is feared most with the step up to 1m sure to benefit, though Exceedingly Regal and Mummy’s Boy are others with major claims.
Ryan Moore is 2-2 for the in-form John Butler and the ex-French Mustaqqir is an obvious starting point in a competitive handicap after a pleasing Kempton effort three weeks ago. I Am The Secret and Ahorsecalledwanda both did well to get as close as they did on their latest outings after fluffing the start and will have fans.
But, a chance is taken on the ex-Irish ARRANMORE, who’s slid to a workable mark in first-time headgear and offered more last time in a race not run to suit.
Some interesting newcomers here, including Komore, whose in-form trainer has an excellent 35% strike-rate with two-year-olds on the all-weather this season. Leisurewear also fits the bill, the yard had a big-priced juvenile newcomer win at Kempton on Monday to improve their two-year-old record for the season to 7-18.
Primo Bacio sets the standard among those with experience, but she could be worth taking on with SOMETHING ENTICING. A rare two-year-old these days for David Elsworth (saddled a big-priced four-year-old novice winner here last week), who came home powerfully on debut having looked clueless early.
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This doesn’t look as strong as the first division and DEGREE, who’s a half-sister to the trainer’s Falmouth/Sun Chariot winner Integral among others, may be up to winning on debut. Elegant Queen (whose yard has done well with two-year-olds this autumn) is another likely looking newcomer, with Chelmsford fourth Bint Al Anood setting the standard they’re gunning for.
C&D winner SIR HECTOR has to be high up the list after doing well to win at Chelmsford last time off only 2lbs lower. The three-year-olds Valentine Blues and Spreadsheet have races in them off their current marks and Storm Melody is another to bear in mind.
A competitive affair that could go any number of ways. The suggestion is THE JEAN GENIE, who is entitled to be winning races off her current mark and she looks back in decent nick. Kodiac Harbour was perhaps committed a shade too early when reeled in here last time and he’s the second choice, ahead of old rival Lady Pendragon and the unexposed Fortune Finder.
My Girl Maggie’s two defeats as favourite in the summer have been shown in a much better light since and she’s respected, despite now being 5lb higher. The inconsistent Rafiot obviously has his quirks and this can go to BASHFUL BOY (NAP), whose best Flat efforts have come on Polytrack and who’s been in good form over hurdles.
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