Auchterarder made a winning debut at Beverley in May, but presumably had a setback after, given she didn’t make the track again for six months. However, she shaped well and showed she retains plenty of ability at Southwell earlier this month, and she looks the one to beat under a penalty breaking from a good draw in stall 4.
Schumli will look well treated if turned out quickly under a penalty following her win over seven furlongs here on Saturday evening, but it could be worth chancing Dazzling Darren, who reacted well to first-time cheekpieces on handicap debut at Kempton last time. That was his first run for eight weeks, and he shaped better than the bare result, too, hampered early and short of room two furlongs from home. He remains unexposed and should be capable of winning a race of this nature.
Desert Caravan made a good impression when making a winning debut at Newcastle earlier this month and is taken to defy a penalty now. Admittedly, that wasn’t the deepest race, but he won with much more in hand than the one and a half-length margin suggests, overcoming greenness and an emphasis on speed. He boasts a good middle-distance pedigree and will improve further when going up in trip next year, but this race seemingly hasn’t much depth to it and he should be able to defy a penalty.
Backing Steal The Scene clearly comes with risks attached given his losing run stretches back to November 2015, but he is definitely in better form than his recent figures suggest, and holds sound claims back at seven furlongs. He was stretched by the longer trip here in October and can have a line put through his latest run at this course when getting no room and finishing with running left. This mark is very workable and he stands out in an open affair.
Cwynar made the perfect start for Andrew Balding when winning a handicap over the extended mile here in October, turning in her best effort of the year to take advantage of a drop in the weights. She travelled well on that occasion and was probably value for extra than the half-length winning margin, not doing much once hitting the front, and a subsequent 4lb rise in the weights may well underestimate her.
15:20 – Wolverhampton
I’m Available didn’t get home over the mile and a quarter trip in heavy ground at Newbury last time, but she was in good form prior to that and was impressive when winning a maiden on the all-weather at Kempton earlier in the year. She has been handed a nice draw in stall 6 here and is fancied to fare much better now with conditions more in her favour.
A chance is taken on Ingleby Mackenzie, who shaped as though returning to form on his latest start in this sphere at Dundalk in September. Down another 2lb, the five-year-old is lurking on a dangerous mark. Foresee has to be feared on the back of his recent Kempton success and Royal Dancer also enters calculations. Bird To Love opened her account a fortnight ago, but has more on her plate this time.
13:20 Dazzling Darren
13:50 Desert Caravan
14:20 Steal The Scene
15:20 I’m Available
15:50 Ingleby Mackenzie
* All odds correct at time of posting.