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FORM OF PRAISE could be worth siding with to make a successful debut in this maiden. She certainly makes plenty of appeal on paper given that she cost £100,000 as a yearling and is related to several speedy sorts, being by Mehmas and a half-sister to the Newbury Super Sprint winner Ginger Nut. It will be interesting to see whether the market speaks in her favour in a race where those with previous experience set only a modest standard.
NANKEEN looked a good prospect when making a winning debut at Windsor three weeks ago, keeping going well to land the spoils by a neck in comfortable fashion. He looks sure to improve with that experience under his belt and should mount a bold bid to defy a penalty in this novice event, representing the Simon and Ed Crisford yard which continues in good heart (70% of horses running to form).
KOLISI shaped as if needing the run when third on his debut at Ripon last month, leading for most of the way before weakening in the final furlong (not knocked about). The drop back in trip here looks a positive move, while the rain-softened ground is unlikely to be an issue judged on his pedigree. It will be no surprise if he proves capable of taking a big step forward for the William Haggas yard which continues on a roll (82% of horses running to form).
MRS DIBBLE looks to be building up to something after a few good runs on the all-weather, including when beaten only four lengths at Kempton last time. She now makes the switch to turf from a 2 lb lower mark and rates a serious player if the application of a first-time tongue strap has a positive effect, with the booking of William Buick also catching the eye.
BRENTFORD HOPE failed to meet expectations when only fifth in a listed race at Windsor two weeks ago, but this looks a good opportunity for him to resume winning ways now back in a handicap. The balance of his form suggests a BHA mark of 98 is more than fair, while it’s also worth pointing out that the best efforts of his career have all come with give in the ground. He can get back on track here before raising his sights again for a race such as the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.
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IMPERIAL SUN was a bit disappointing when only third on his reappearance in a novice event at Windsor, but he is clearly better than that, as he showed when fourth in a race which is proving very strong form at Kempton in November. He now makes the switch to handicaps and will command plenty of respect from an opening BHA mark of 77, with further progress on the cards now stepping up to a mile and a quarter.
BOUNDLESS POWER has been a big improver since joining the Mick Appleby yard, winning over this course and distance and then filling the runner-up spot at Thirsk in just the last 15 days. He was strong in the betting at Thirsk and probably would have followed up but for hanging left in the final furlong, ultimately passing the post just a head behind the winner. He is only 4 lb higher here and looks to hold obvious claims if continuing in the same rich vein of form.
BYRON HILL could be the way to go in the finale, making just his second appearance since a gelding operation during the winter. He ran creditably when second on his return at Doncaster, finding only a well-treated rival too good and leaving the impression he too is up to winning races from his current mark. This looks an excellent chance for him to get off the mark now dropping significantly in grade and tackling a more suitable trip.
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