Holiday Magic made a winning start for Lee Carter at Kempton in November and, even after a 3 lb rise in the weights, still looks well treated based on the pick of his form for Mick Easterby. He had the run of the race at Kempton but is clearly in good heart and should go close.
Noble Peace had been on a long losing run but snapped the sequence when successful over this course and distance last month, and he is capable of following up. He has gone up 9 lb for that wide-margin success but is still well treated on his old form.
Wailea Nights showed much-improved form to get off the mark at Wolverhampton last month on just her second start in handicap company, and she should have plenty to offer. She impressed with how readily she settled matters inside the final furlong at Wolverhampton and looks up to defying a 7lb rise in the weights.
Gold Brocade shaped with plenty of encouragement on her first start for Mick Appleby when finishing third at Newcastle last month and she is expected to go well. Gold Brocade’s effort at Newcastle deserves to be marked up as she was only caught close home having engaged in a lengthy battle with the eventual fourth, and she could yet do better for this yard.
Dreaming Away is difficult to oppose as her third at Doncaster in May represents the best form on offer by some distance. She hasn’t raced since that encouraging effort, and has moved to Roger Charlton from Simon Crisford, but she should prove tough to beat if ready to roll on her belated return.
Roundabout Magic has been in good form of late and ran out a ready winner here on Tuesday. That was his sixth success over this course and distance, and it provided some compensation for a luckless effort on his previous start when he met trouble in running. He is expected to defy a penalty.
Purdey’s Gift failed to meet expectations when sent off favourite at Kempton last time but he is worth another chance to confirm the promise of his previous victory at Wolverhampton. He appeared to be a bit flat at Kempton, not picking up as seemed likely, which was in contrast to his Wolverhampton effort, where he found plenty to get on top inside the final furlong. He is lightly-raced and has more to offer.
Plenty can be given a chance in this competitive handicap but Arlecchino’s Arc has the strongest claims on the back of a career-best performance at Chelmsford last month. He did well to win at Chelmsford having been up with the strong pace throughout, and he still seems to be on a fair mark after going up 3 lb in the weights.
11:45 – Holiday Magic @ 9/4
12:15 – Noble Peace @ 9/4
12:45 – Wailea Nights @ 5/2
13:15 – Gold Brocade @ 10/3
13:50 – Dreaming Away @ 4/5
14:25 – Roundabout Magic @ 8/11
14:55 – Purdey’s Gift @ 15/8
15:30 – Arlecchino’s Arc @ 5/2