Hareem Queen has taken to Fibresand well and has won both starts at this course. Her first success here was more style over substance given the lack of credible opposition, but she took a huge step forward on her handicap debut last time, slamming her rivals by two and three quarter lengths.
She never looked in danger as she travelled powerfully and quickened clear over a furlong out, winning with plenty to spare. A 9 lb rise underestimates how much she had in hand, and she is confidently expected to complete the hat-trick under these ideal conditions. Tawny Port won on her Fibresand debut last month, taking to the surface like a natural, and can chase the selection home.
Harry’s Ridge hails from a good family – he is a half-brother to Group 1 winner Profitable – and in time he could prove to be much better than this mark of 53. He showed little in maiden company but was well backed on his handicap debut over course and distance, and caught the eye in finishing third, doing well having not had the run of the race.
Held up in rear, he made headway over a furlong out but was forced to switch inside and couldn’t quite get to the front pair. That promising effort and superb sprinting pedigree offers plenty of hope he will get off the mark here.
The Right Choice has won twice and finished placed on another two occasions from just five starts at Southwell, highlighting his effectiveness on the Fibresand surface. He struggled to make an impact in three starts for Jamie Osborne but bounced back to form on his first start for James Ferguson when finishing runner-up here last time.
That was only a claimer, but it was a decent race for the grade and it’s worth being positive about The Right Choice as he steps back into handicap company on a fair-looking mark. Bedtime Bella was fourth in the race contested by The Right Choice last time and looks likely to give another good account, so is considered a leading threat.
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