Futuristic will take plenty of stopping here after registering a decisive win on his handicap debut at Newcastle last week.
James Tate’s lightly-raced colt had displayed fairly useful form in maidens and built on that on his handicap debut, keeping on nicely over 6f to win by two and a quarter lengths.
He was well on top at the finish and a 6lb penalty shouldn’t be enough to stop him providing his red-hot yard with another winner. The hat-trick seeking Awa Bomba appeals as the biggest danger having won twice at Southwell this month.
Casual Reply is bred to be good – by Frankel out of a half-sister to Group 1 winner Regal Parade – and she caught the eye when finishing runner-up at Kempton on debut. She was caught further back than ideal but made good late headway, earning the Timeform ‘sectional flag’ and she ought to improve with the benefit of that experience under her belt.
She looks to have been found a good opportunity to get off the mark.
Queens Blade was well beaten on her latest outing at Yarmouth but had rattled up a hat-trick in selling and claiming company prior to that and is worth a chance to bounce back. She seemed unsuited by the heavy ground at Yarmouth, but should be seen to a better effect on this surface, while the good form of the Tim Easterby yard is another positive.
Also in her favour is the tenacious attitude she showed to rack up the hat-trick. She twice won by a short-head, finding plenty for pressure, and that attitude should continue to stand her in good stead.