Shine On Brendan attracted support in the betting and showed fairly useful form, despite greenness, when going close on debut. He was again prominent in the betting on his second outing, when again finding only one too good at Kempton last month.
Clive Cox’s charge took a step forward when a staying-on second to an above-average sort in a Wolverhampton novice last time and, with this step up in trip likely to eke out further improvement, he looks well placed on his handicap debut to get off the mark at the fourth time of asking.
To Nathaniel is bred in the purple but was easy to back on debut and made little impression, racing off the pace before being ridden two furlongs from home. He did better with that experience under his belt, however, when third at Chelmsford earlier this month.
To Nathaniel looked suited by the step up to a mile and a quarter, and will likely progress further for the extra distance today. John Gosden’s three-year-old sets the standard in this contest and should take all the beating, with the addition of first-time cheek-pieces expected to sharpen him up further.
Family Fortunes ran creditably when fourth over a mile and a quarter at Lingfield last month, travelling smoothly for the most part but unable to quicken in the run-in.
The drop back to a mile here looks a good move for Michael Madgwick’s charge, who has now dropped to a mark 4 lb below his last winning one. He has been running consistently in defeat of late and sets the standard in this field, so is expected to take plenty of beating now back racing at what is probably his optimum trip.
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