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The penalised pair should be in the mix again, with preference for CAROLUS MAGNUS over Just Beautiful. Newcomers Poy, Arthur’s Victory and I’m Mable should be monitored in the market.
Ivan Furtado’s 4yo LAST DATE scrambled home off 3lb lower over C&D four weeks ago but he beat 14 rivals, including Salam Ya Faisal, that day and this race looks much less competitive. Bezzas Lad makes his stable debut after a seven-month absence and is untested beyond 6f but he signed off for Tony Carroll with a win and will be feared if strong in the betting.
Preference is for JUSTIFIED (nap), who is well treated on his best form on turf and Polytrack last year and was a creditable third behind a progressive subsequent winner over this trip at Catterick on his recent return. C&D winner Pax Britannica still has potential as a stayer and she’s feared most on her reappearance.
In a tightly knit handicap, the suggestion is SHOW ME A SUNSET, whose only win came here and who went down narrowly last time. Second choice is Sir Oliver, whose stable continues in red-hot form. Endowed, who should come on for his first start for Mick Appleby, and Araifjan, for whom Ray Dawson looks a positive booking, complete the shortlist.
The step up in trip, big drop in grade and return to the scene of his best run could prompt marked improvement from Big Brown and he needs a close look in the betting. Glint Of An Eye has been knocking at the door and has to be feared but ARLECCHINOS ARC won decisively here three weeks ago and can go in again.
Wolverhampton specialist STREET POET got back in the groove when landing two apprentice handicaps there last week but he’s well treated off a lower mark than for both those wins and should take some stopping on this return to Polytrack. Second choice is the ex-Irish Cap D’antibes, who went close on Tapeta on his recent stable debut. Others to keep an eye on are Dove Divine, who looks interesting on her drop back in trip, and Frankie Jaz, who is a possible improver on his step up to 1m.
All of the runners go into unknown territory at this trip and the market will be interesting. Rwanda Mist still has potential but he never looked like justifying favouritism over 1m4f at Salisbury on Sunday and it might be best to concentrate on Mark Johnston’s two runners. 1m2f juvenile maiden winner Fandabidozi looks on a fair opening mark but preference is for his stablemate HOME AND DRY, who has a lot of stamina in his striking pedigree and could show a lot more upped to 2m on his handicap debut.
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