Sparkling Or Still has seemingly been brought along with handicaps in mind, such as many from this yard typically are, and connections should be able to reap the benefits now. He showed his best form to date upped to a mile on his qualifying run at Chelmsford last month, making good headway from off the pace in a race where the winner got an easy time of it in front. The step up to the extended nine furlongs now – the longest trip he has encountered – will almost certainly bring about more improvement and an opening mark of 63 may well underestimate him.
Only four runners set to go to post for this minor event but it looks interesting nonetheless, with Global Giant, who is making his first start for John Gosden, a particularly intriguing contender. He was last seen finishing fifth in a Group 3 event at the Curragh in June, beaten just over three lengths, but his record on the all-weather is a positive one. His last win came in at listed event at Dundalk in October 2018 and he could be worth chancing starting out for a leading yard on these terms.
Star Ascending has a good record at Wolverhampton – a five-time course winner – and he is of interest now having dropped back to his last winning mark. He shaped well when third over this C&D last time, leaving the impression he would have been suited by more emphasis on stamina, but left in an impossible position by his rider. Joe Fanning takes over now and, breaking from a good draw in stall 3, it will be disappointing if he doesn’t at least hit the frame.