This looks an open heat but CANASTA arrives on the up having proved better than ever to open her account at Wolverhampton last time. She had caught the eye on her previous start under an inexperienced rider but put it all together the next time with a lead entering the straight and keeping on well. The handicapper has raised her 6lbs in the weights but she should have even more to offer and is worth keeping on side for now.
Tampere looks a nice type on paper and it will be interesting to see how she goes in the betting, but CRANBERRY shaped with plenty of promise on debut at Chelmsford last month, and seems sure to improve now. She was relatively weak in the market, and was held up early, pushed along entering the straight after conceding first run to the winner. A wide draw here isn’t ideal, but that experience won’t be lost on her, and she should be sharper from the gates than several of the newcomers drawn on the inside of her.
This looks very competitive, and Lethal Lunch would be high on the shortlist if it wasn’t for a wide draw, while the same can be said for War Glory, who has proved progressive on the all-weather this season. Therefore it could be worth chancing MUTAFANI, who has been disappointing in three starts on turf this year, but he looked potentially smart when opening his account at Chelmsford last season, and is interesting returned to a synthetic surface for the first time since. He has undergone a breathing and gelding operation since and it would be no surprise to see a better showing now.
John Gosden does well at Lingfield and he fires three darts at this listed prize, but it is SHE’S GOT YOU that makes the most appeal. One of the least exposed in the line-up, she has progressed nicely this season, having easily won a backend minor event at Wolverhampton last season. She was only narrowly beaten in a similar event at Newmarket last time, rallying once headed in the final furlong, leaving the impression she has even more to offer and has to be high on the shortlist here breaking from a good draw in stall 4.
15:00 – KING OF ATHENS
KING OF ATHENS will be a rare runner on the all-weather track for Aidan O’Brien and he should be hard to beat based on the form he has already show. This doesn’t look a deep race by any means and it will be disappointing if this well-bred colt doesn’t open his account here.
O’Brien should record a quick-fire double as DELPHINIA is way ahead of her rivals in this listed event. She is yet to win this year, but she has finished runner-up in Group 1s on her last two starts, the latest in the Fillies’ And Mares’ Stakes at Ascot, and she holds outstanding claims down in listed company now. Her main danger could well be the unexposed Expressionism, who left her debut form well behind when winning a minor event at Kempton last time.
16:05 – NAPPING
NAPPING shaped as if still in good from when sixth at Wolverhampton 17 days ago, and may well be capable of winning again before the season is out. Sonnet Rose was beaten only by an unexposed three-year-old at Kempton last time and is a big threat, along with Vincenzo Coccotti, who is going through a good spell at present.