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NOON STAR is by Galileo and out of multiple Group 1 winner in Midday, so she boasts an impeccable pedigree. She also showed promise on both starts as a juvenile, building on an encouraging third at Salisbury when scoring at Nottingham. That is the best form on offer and Noon Star remains capable of much better, so she should prove difficult to beat before going on to better things.
PINBALL WIZARD didn’t make much of an impact on his handicap debut at Kempton last month, but he wasn’t seen to best effect in a race that was run at an ordinary gallop and placed the emphasis on speed.
Pinball Wizard has stamina in his pedigree and will be suited by stepping up another furlong to a mile here. The handicapper has taken a chance dropping him 2lbs and he looks well treated based on what he showed at Wolverhampton on her second start.
AMETIST took a while to get the hang of things on debut at Yarmouth last season but he shaped well by the end, keeping on nicely to take third behind Haqeeqy (subsequent Lincoln winner). Ametist improved to land the odds at Chepstow, readily pulling clearly despite still showing signs of inexperience and he sets a clear standard on that form. He has been found a nice opportunity on his return.
AL TARMAAH is a half-brother to three winners, including the very smart Washington DC. He cost 350,000 guineas as a yearling, so ought to prove much better than this opening handicap mark of 65.
Al Tarmaah didn’t show a lot on his first two starts, but got off the mark at the third attempt in a six-furlong novice at Redcar. That was not a strong race, but Al Tarmaah could still have been given a stiffer opening mark.
MANY A STAR did well for James Given last season, winning handicaps at Doncaster and Yarmouth. He starts out for Brian Meehan on a fair-looking handicap mark. He was a bit too keen for his own good when last seen in a six-furlong handicap at Newcastle in October and should be well suited by this slight drop in trip and extra emphasis on speed. Hollie Doyle taking over in the saddle is a positive.
GOOD LUCK FOX is on a long losing run that stretches back to October 2018, but he hasn’t had many goes for Paul Midgley and offered some encouragement on his latest outing at Musselburgh three weeks ago.
Good Luck Fox finished a creditable third, but he deserves extra credit for coming out best of those who raced in the smaller group. He should now be at peak fitness and can cash in on his reduced mark.
There are a few potential improvers in this three-year-old handicap, including THE GUVNOR who boasts a decent pedigree and should improve for this step up in trip. The Guvnor showed some promise when fifth over 9-and-a-half furlongs at Wolverhampton last time and is likely to prove better than this opening mark of 66.
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