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EMPRESS SHEBA was sent off favourite on her debut 10 days ago and things didn’t work out for her as she was stuck out on the wing and suffered some interference. She’s well drawn today and should be able to build on that effort to get off the mark for a yard that excel with juveniles. Bondi Girl is from a yard that do well with their two-year-old and she could go close in emulating her mother who won over course and distance on debut.
No form to go on here, but Archie Watson is already off the mark with his juveniles, and the speedily-bred PURE CHARMER could add to his tally here. She has a wide draw to contend with but Watson’s two-year-olds are usually clued up for their debut and she makes plenty of appeal. Out In Yorkshire hails from another yard that has to be respected in these events and she should also go close.
All four of BUNIANN’s wins have come over five furlongs on the all-weather at Newcastle and he proved better than ever for the latest of them last month. For one reason or another he wasn’t in the same form there last time, pushed along around two furlongs from home and just staying on at the one pace. He is yet to win on turf, but he is equally as effective on it, particularly on fast ground. He therefore makes a fair bit of appeal from his 6 lb lower turf mark from what should be a good draw in stall 4, and the slight uphill finish will also be in his favour. Dapper Man is another sprinter in form and he has to rate as the main danger.
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GHOST RIDER has raced solely on the all-weather to date, but there is nothing in his pedigree to suggest he won’t prove at least as effective on turf, and he remains unexposed after just four starts. He easily won a couple of minor events at Southwell and Newcastle earlier in the year and, given the impression he made on his latest win, it wasn’t a surprise that connections decided step him up into listed company last time. Ghost Rider ran creditably, but just wasn’t up to the task at this early stage of his career, while his stamina for a mile also isn’t assured. The drop back to seven furlongs at a track where prominent runners are often seen to good effect should see him in a better light and an opening mark of 86 could underestimate him.
BLU BOY was impressive at Newcastle last week and he is set to go up 12 lb for that wide-margin success from this weekend. He therefore is difficult to oppose under today’s 6 lb penalty despite having to prove himself on a different surface. Alhaajeb starts life in handicaps off a workable mark and looks the main danger.
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PUCKLE is a dual course and distance winner and was in good form on tapeta when last seen. There should be more mileage in her from this lowly mark and she looks the one to beat in what doesn’t look the strongest race on her reappearance. Mrs Meader shaped very well on her first start for this yard last August and she has to be respected, though Calidus Mirabilis could be perked up by a visor and also makes appeal.
SWORD BEACH remains with just one win to his name, and that came in a minor event on his final start in 2019. He ran creditably in some useful handicaps last season, though, and judged by his reappearance run at Leicester earlier this month, he is up to winning races from this mark. He won his duel with the long-time leader only to be swamped by two coming from much further back in what was just a modestly-run race, but Sword Beach hails from a yard whose runners are coming on a fair bit for a run, and that should have put an edge on him. He should get a stronger pace to aim at here and looks handicapped to win.
NATIONAL TREASURE changed hands at the sales last year for only 15,000 guineas (cost €500,000 as a yearling) and she hasn’t stood up to much racing so far, but on her best form she’s been found a decent opportunity to shed her maiden tag. Yankee Stadium has some solid form and has to rate the main danger.
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