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COME QUICK showed plenty of ability when beaten just a short head on his debut at Pontefract last month, looking the likeliest winner at one stage (hit a low of 1.01 in-running) before being edged out in the final strides. That experience should stand him in good stead in this novice event, so he is fancied to prove too strong for some interesting newcomers to get off the mark.
MO CELITA has taken her form to another level in two starts for Adrian Nicholls (formerly trained by Willie McCreery in Ireland), making it back-to-back wins in dominant fashion at Thirsk on Saturday.
She seemed to relish the soft going on that occasion as she forged clear in the final two furlongs to land the spoils by 7-and-a-half lengths. That form comfortably sets the standard in this seller, so she rates a confident selection to complete the hat-trick.
DEBAWTRY shaped encouragingly and was possibly unlucky not to win when third over this course and distance last time. She was forced to wait for a gap entering the final 2 furlongs and did well under the circumstances to finish as close as she did, staying on strongly once in the clear to be beaten just a head.
She is only 1lb higher in the weights this time and should mount a bold bid to gain compensation on just her fifth start since joining Bryan Smart.
MIDNITE BRIDE proved better than ever to complete a hat-trick at Ayr two weeks ago, making light of a six-month absence to follow up her two wins at the end of last season. She only won by half a length at Ayr but was arguably value for extra, quickening to lead close home in the manner of a filly who is still some way ahead of her mark. She can defy a 4lbs rise in the weights to extend her winning sequence to four now back on softer going (acts on heavy).
CARTER COWBOY shaped better than the bare result when down the field in a novice event at Redcar last time, his first appearance after being gelded during the winter. He was simply left with too much to do and wasn’t given at all a hard time once it became clear his chance had gone, very much catching the eye as he passed the post with running left.
He now makes the switch to handicaps and will command plenty of respect from an opening BHA mark of 68, with further progress on the cards now stepping up to a mile-and-a-quarter.
RED GLORY took a significant step forward when fifth on his handicap debut/reappearance at Nottingham last month, keeping on well to be beaten only three lengths. He can race from the same mark here and shapes as if the longer trip will unlock further progress.
This looks a good opportunity for him to open his account at a venue where trainer Ed Dunlop has enjoyed plenty of success in recent seasons (22% strike rate).
TIMELESS SOUL wasn’t seen to best effect when third on her debut at Haydock 17 days ago, staying on strongly from a poor position to pass the post only 2 lengths behind the winner. That represented a most encouraging start to her career, especially as the other principals had the benefit of previous experience.
She has scope for plenty of improvement and is worth backing to get off the mark at the second attempt for the in-form Roger Varian (12 winners in the last 14 days).
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