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An interesting race involving several progressive types. Hat-trick seeker Swallowdale is strongly respected back on Polytrack, while Beautiful Crown went very close in a 1m 3f Kempton novice last week and is well treated on his handicap debut.
However, the vote goes to Mark Johnston’s filly BELLE ROUGE, who found stacks of improvement with her strong-finishing win here 12 days and may well be able to strike again under a penalty on this step up to 1m 2f.
Both Folly Beach and Hollywood Lady have the potential to leave their debut efforts well behind them and market strength behind either would look significant. That said, REGENT pulled clear with her market rival at Chelmsford last time, despite still looking green, and she may be able to defy her penalty over this new trip.
My Brother Mike ran into a few dead ends in the straight having tanked through the race at Wolverhampton on Saturday and will doubtless have his supporters, but he couldn’t quicken when the gap did appear and this track perhaps won’t play to his strengths.
Capla Crusader, Coverham and Cape Greco are considered, but BORN TO FINISH doesn’t look handicapped out of things and could find this race being set up more favourably than last time.
The betting pointed to an improved showing from Portelet Bay on his recent handicap debut and he duly stepped up on previous efforts with a good second. He’s a contender, with Little Sunflower, Paloise, Halwa Azyan and Love Baileys also coming into the reckoning.
ALCAZAN could well have a bigger run in her now handicapping though, and she should appreciate this return to 7 furlongs.
Patsy Fagan, Stay Smart and Obtuse have race fitness on their side, but they are handicapped up to their best and this may be left to one of the returning trio. TENAYA CANYON (NAP) readily accounted for a couple of subsequent winners when last seen and she can make light of her opening mark.
A trappy event with last-time-out winners Restless Endeavour and Onebaba now returning to handicap company. The former is preferred of that pair, but there are viable alternatives. Kodiak Attack is potentially well treated on his return, but he’s drawn wide and ALL YOU WISH – who is now back down to a realistic mark – may be able to come out on top.
Valentine Blues is up to winning races of this nature, but she’s been handed yet another poor draw and that could be enough to find her out. Lethal Blast isn’t a forlorn hope on her stable debut, but HEY HO LET’S GO might be able to follow up last week’s 6 furlongs win here despite the steadier of a 5lbs penalty.
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