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MO HENRY is 26 runs without a win, but he is a consistent performer at this level. He has hit the frame in five of his last six races, and he looks well enough weighted to take a chance on. He wasn’t at his best when fifth at Newcastle last time, but he was left poorly placed on that occasion. He certainly merits consideration from this sort of mark.
VELVET VISTA showed improved form to belatedly get off the mark at Chelmsford recently, no doubt favoured by the circumstance but still running out a clear-cut winner. She must shoulder a 5lbs penalty for that success, but holds leading claims and should take all the beating.
UNIVERSAL EFFECT ended a long losing run when keeping her quicks in check over this course and distance recently, delivering in good style on the back of a couple of solid efforts since dropping in grade. Mark Loughnane has his inmates is good shape at present and Universal Effect should go close again under a 5lbs penalty.
Making his first appearance for six months when fifth at this venue earlier this month, LIVA was unlucky not to finish closer than he did. He met trouble twice, but he backed up the promise of that effort when third at Kempton recently – travelling fluently and just losing second in the dying strides. He is well treated at present and holds leading claims on the basis of his recent efforts.
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Strong in the betting, BUY ME BACK confirmed the promise of her previous outing when doubling her career tally at Lingfield last week. She was seen to good advantage, but travelled with zest and well on top come the finish. She has been upped 4lbs in the weights for that victory, however she has to be taken seriously in her bid to follow up.
As the only newcomer in the race, this looks a winnable maiden for SOVEREIGN LEADER. He could be worth siding with for Clive Cox, whose debutants have been performing well this month. A Dark Angel gelding, Sovereign Leader’s dam was (as well as being a winner herself) a half-sister to the high-class G Force and Cox’s charge – who was purchased for €90,000 as a yearling – makes plenty of appeal on paper.
A winner at this venue in December, FACT OR FABLE has shaped as if still in good form despite being unable to add to his winning tally of late. Although, he has hit the frame in three of his four subsequent races. He wasn’t seen to anything like best effect when last of 11 in a Lingfield handicap recently, badly hampered inside the final 100 yards. However, he is worth chancing to bounce back to winning ways.
A course-and-distance winner here in 2019, DARING GUEST shaped as if likely to be sharer for the run after a nine-week absence when sixth over this track and trip last time – when not disgraced by any means. That was a stronger handicap than this one and, if the reapplication of a visor can eke out a little more in him, he will certainly feature towards the top of the shortlist.
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