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Archie Watson has a good record here with his two-year-olds and won the last running of this, so EMPRESS SHEBA appeals as a likely type. With George Boughey doing so well Torshi is a tentative second choice, ahead of Russellinthebushes who has a useful sprinting pedigree. The betting will naturally be informative and especially with Kevin Ryan and Tim Easterby doubly represented
It’s slightly disconcerting to see headgear fitted at such an early stage of his career, but SUPER OVER showed more than enough when going close on his debut at Newcastle in November to suggest he can win a run-of-the-mill novice such as this. Princess Of Lir may provide the main threat.
Mr Excellency is the obvious starting point but this is a different test to the pair of Southwell novices he’s won so far. Freak Out could progress further for George Boughey this season and is another to consider but it might be worth chancing A BOY NAMED IVY. He wasn’t beaten far in a good Ayr nursery when last seen and he could have more to come over 1m for his new stable.
The interesting one is KETTLE HILL, who readily saw off a subsequent winner (clearcut) when defying a penalty at Wolverhampton and he’s bred to go on to better things. Give It Some Teddy is a past winner of this race with a good course record and he can leave his reappearance effort on the AW well behind. Dawaaleeb is preferred of the remainder.
The best form belongs to Military Mission but he has been gelded and returns in headgear, so he comes with an element of risk. Jack Kennedy is bred to be good but preference is for CAMELOT TALES, who made a really promising debut on the all-weather.
All five of these have the potential to improve their current marks. The fact that OTYRAR has the benefit of a run swings the pendulum in his favour and it was a likeable performance at Kempton. The form of Parachute’s win has worked out really well so he’s the second choice, ahead of Chase The Dollar.
For WILL SOMMERS (NAP) to remain in such high-profile ownership they must surely consider him good enough to be winning handicaps of this stature. Amsby did really well to finish so close on his handicap debut on the AW and will be a big threat if finding anything on that form now he’s switched to grass. Tricorn also enters the equation.
The weaker of the two divisions. LE BAYOU went down narrowly at Doncaster last month and he’s preferred to Briardale. An on-song Regal Mirage would also have claims.
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