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A case can be made for all three of these, but PIED PIPER showed a very likeable attitude when opening her account in a mile and a quarter maiden at Newmarket on her final start and he looks one to follow this season. That win came in heavy ground and Pied Piper relished the extreme test of stamina at that stage of his career, and could be open to any improvement now moving significantly up in trip. An opening mark of 86 looks more than fair on the balance of his form and he is the one to be with on his return following a gelding operation.
DAWAAM won his only two starts as a two and three-year-old, and attracted support when winning his final start over this course and distance on his final start in November. All three of his wins have come on the all-weather and the return to an artificial surface seemingly proved the catalyst last time, typically travelling well and enjoying a good run through on the inside to win with a bit up his sleeve. That form looks very solid, he makes his return to action in a race which hasn’t as much depth, and he makes plenty of appeal on the back of a wind operation given his record when fresh.
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THE BAY WARRIOR remains a maiden, but there is nothing wrong with his attitude, and he shaped well over a similar trip at Wolverhampton last time, collared only late on by one who was a long way ahead of their mark. That was The Bay Warrior’s first start for eight weeks, so he is entitled to strip fitter, and another positive ride at a track which can favour such tactics should see him bang in the mix.
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