Rod Millman’s runner has proved to be super consistent since the visor was added around the mid-point of last season. He went back-to-back with wins at Bath and also over this course and distance under very similar conditions. He was just starting to find his stride over the minimum distance at Bath last time and a return to this trip looks ideal. The third that day, Saaheq, has already come out and given the form a boost when winning at Lingfield. Able Kane looks a pretty warm order under the ‘bump-and-kick’ specialist, Adam Kirby.
He looked as if he was levelling off last season, but suddenly found a jolt of improvement in the second half, taking him up past that 110 marker in the ratings. Pogo bolted up in a Listed contest, was a solid third up at Group One level in France behind Persian King and ran a cracker at headquarters in Group Two company to finish the campaign. Lord Campari looks as if he’s going to be a short price favourite, but the Roger Varian yard is yet to hit form.
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Charlie Hills’ runner has proved a little inconsistent but there is no getting away from the fact that he is very talented on his day. He starts back handicapping on a very realistic mark of 92 which looks nowhere near his ceiling rating. The booking of William Buick is a positive for Persuasion and he should be able to attack or at least sit handy, from stall seven. The yard have started well and his record fresh is not too shabby either.
Ed Walker’s Alabama Boy has chased home some very decent types in his career to date. Bullace won at Newmarket on his return on a mark of 84 but unfortunately Ilza’eem was a non runner off 89 in the Esher Cup at Sandown on Friday which would have given us more clues to Alabama Boy’s chance on Saturday. He may be thrown in on a mark of 70 and might just fly under the radar in the market.
A multiple winner for this very capable handler Philip McBride, racking up the five timer a couple of seasons ago to be rated 77. She spent a little time in the wilderness after that, but still managed to get her head in front last season and has now worked her way back down to a very attractive handicap mark of just 66. There are no problems with track and trip for Camachass and the ground conditions hold no fears for this very adaptable and consistent performer.
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