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A case can be made for a few, but SUBLIMINAL loves it round here and continues to go from strength-to-strength, again winning with a bit in hand last week. He is fancied to complete a quick hat-trick and take his course and distance winning tally up to six from a 3lbs higher mark. Sophosc has dropped to a handy mark and didn’t enjoy the rub of the green behind the selection last time, so is feared most with the in-form Corked another solid place contender.
This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type and TORONADO GREY very much caught the eye at Kempton last time. He started at 50/1, but he left his previous efforts well behind, and he may well have won if given a more pro-active ride. Toronado Grey is one to watch out for now and he is well up to winning a race of this nature. Who Cares Wins has to be feared, while Fairy Cakes seems sure to improve also.
GOING PLACES has seemingly had his fair share of problems. Now a five-year-old who has been limited to just two career starts, but he has since joined a yard very adept with such types, and his pedigree is an ongoing recommendation. Archie Watson landed a big gamble with a similar type at Kempton earlier this week and Going Places looks the one to beat on the pick of his form for Roger Varian.
SNOW OCEAN completed a hat-trick on turf at Chester and Goodwood last season and pulled clear of the remainder returned to the all-weather at Wolverhampton last month. That was another career-best performance (beaten only by a rival who was on a steeper upward curve) and he still looks on a good mark following a 3lbs rise. He shades the vote over progressive-filly Make It Rain and six-time course and distance winner El Ghazwani.
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A tricky handicap to unpick given it’s full of in-form types, but SHEILA is the least exposed and is fancied to reverse form with Marion’s Boy. Sheila opened her account in good style at Chelmsford in September and was only just beaten over a mile-and-a-quarter here last time. Now 4lbs better off with Marion’s Boy, she is fancied to come out on top over this longer trip.
Ian Williams fields two live contenders here in CARDANO and Autumn War. The latter isn’t passed over lightly in his bid to make it three in-a-row, but preference is for Cardano. He went agonisingly close at Newcastle last time, pulling clear of the remainder, and remains feasibly treated after a 4lbs rise. Centroid’s effort at Chelmsford on debut for new connections was encouraging and he is also shortlisted.
Mark Johnston is starting to up the ante at present and ONE HART is fancied to build on his promising return to action at Kempton three weeks ago. He was badly out of sorts prior, but had clearly been rejuvenated by a short break – having every chance approaching the final furlong, but staying on at the same pace after. He ought to strip fitter for that run and he should be competitive in this field. Corazon Espinado went close here last week and is feared most.
At the likely prices, it could be worth chancing KNOWING GLANCE, who has hardly beaten a rival in four starts for Stuart Williams. But, he has subsequently dropped below his last winning mark and represents a yard bang in form. Invincible Larne rates an obvious player on paper having ran up to his best when runner-up at Chelmsford last month, while Come On Girl is another to consider after her recent course and distance victory.
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