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LILIKOI stepped up on her previous efforts when third in a maiden at Redcar eight days ago, keeping on well to pass the post just a length-and-half behind the winner. That form comfortably sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings and this looks a good opportunity for Lilikoi to get off the mark, representing the David Barron yard which continues in good nick (72% of horses running to form).
BLUELLA has bounced back to her best since joining Jessica Macey. She made a winning debut for the yard at Catterick in April and then ran to a similar level in defeat when second over this course and distance last time, albeit proving no match for one who had dropped to a very lenient mark.
Bluella is only 1lb higher in the weights this time and should mount a bold bid to regain the winning thread if continuing in the same rich vein of form.
BRINGITONBORIS took a step back in the right direction when fourth in a big-field handicap at York last time, staying on strongly in the closing stages to be beaten only four lengths. He’ll be suited by the step back up in trip here and is well worth another chance to prove himself on a fair mark, still only 1lb higher than when recording his third win of 2020 at Newcastle in November.
TUKHOOM shaped better than the bare result when third at Ayr six days ago, doing too much too soon and sticking to his task well under the circumstances to be beaten just half a length. That was an encouraging performance and there is no doubt Tukhoom is still a well-handicapped horse judged on the pick of his old form. He can confirm the promise of last time to finally get his head back in front for the in-form David O’Meara (72% of horses running to form).
LEO DAVINCI wasn’t seen to best effect on the all-weather during the winter, but it’s fair to say he has bounced back to form in no uncertain terms on turf recently. He ended a long losing run at Nottingham at the beginning of this month and then ran another good race when filling the runner-up spot at Thirsk 10 days ago. He is still on a workable mark and clearly acts well on rain-softened ground, so there is no reason why he shouldn’t continue to give a good account.
DESERT EMPEROR has shown fair form in three outings to date and could be worth siding with now making the switch to handicaps. He shaped well on his first two starts and wasn’t knocked about when faced with an inadequate test of stamina at Wolverhampton last time.
He remains open to more improvement, especially now stepping back up in trip. An opening BHA mark of 77 is highly unlikely to prove his limit given his useful pedigree.
SWAFFHAM BULBECK pulled clear of the rest when second on his latest outing at this course, making a bold bid under front-running tactics before being collared inside the final furlong. He has gone up 9lbs in the weights subsequently, but that looks totally justified given that the winner has since completed a hat-trick. Swaffham Bulbeck is likely to be suited by the drop back in trip here too, so there are plenty of reasons to be positive about his prospects.
SHE’S A DEVA shaped well when fourth at Redcar last week, faring much the best of those drawn high. She looks to be building up to something and is surely capable of opening her account sooner rather than later. This looks a good chance given that she sets the standard on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, albeit very few of the others can be ruled out with total confidence.
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