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Broome has won three on the bounce this season at Listed, Group 3 and Group 2 level and going back into Group 1 company is the obvious next step. He should handle the ground but is yet to run on worse than soft.
I would chance Helvic Dream each way at the prices. I’m not saying he will win and has finished behind Broome on all three starts this season but he has been getting closer to him with every start.
Heavy ground would be ideal for him and despite the fact that he has plenty to find on ratings, conditions will be a great leveller here and he could surprise. He did bolt up in a Group 3 here last October on soft ground, when he was seven-and-a-half lengths ahead of Up Helly Aa and 12 lengths ahead of Raise You.
Fev Rover is the most solid play at this stage after a very good run when third in the English Guineas. Testing ground will suit her, as she won a Group 2 in France on soft and was a fair fourth in the Boussac when getting impeded. She looks very solid.
Pretty Gorgeous was very solid last season, winning three of her five starts, including the Group 2 Debutante Stakes and Group 1 Fillies Mile. She was also second in the Moyglare Stakes on good ground.
Rain is a positive and while she is conceding a fitness advantage, she looked a proper Group 1 filly last season and if she’s anywhere near her best, she could take plenty of beating.
I wouldn’t back Joan Of Arc as she is flattered by being favourite at this stage, as it is more by default (race isn’t very deep with quality) than what she has achieved to date.
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Brazos did win an Irish Cesarewitch back in October 2018 off 91 and was fourth in the same race last October off 89. He’s shown some promise in three starts over hurdles over the winter, winning a maiden hurdle at Navan on his second start.
He’s back on the flat off 86 and testing conditions will suit him, providing he is fully wound up, as he hasn’t run since February. Dylan Borwn McMonagle takes off a handy 5lbs also.
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