DISTANT GODDESS shaped with plenty of promise when third in a minor event over C&D three weeks ago, and she seems sure to progress and win races on that evidence.
Her biggest threat may come from stablemate Beautiful Illusion, who also has an attractive pedigree. Festive Love and Vega’s Angel look best of the rest.
SOUND MIXER did well to get so close in a race that didn’t go to plan at Newcastle last month and looks sure to come good now stepping back up to seven furlongs.
Hat-trick seeker Eglish ran out an easy winner over course & distance three weeks ago and can provide the main threat, ahead of Barbelo, who appeals as the type to do better now venturing into handicaps up in trip.
DOUBLE KODIAC failed to meet expectations when last seen at Doncaster in August, but he’s well worth another chance from this sort of mark judged on his second to a subsequent Group 2 winner Fox Champion at Newmarket the time before. Mamillius is second choice.
CLAP YOUR HANDS is thriving at present, effortlessly completing the hat-trick here last month, and remains one to keep firmly onside with further improvement on the cards.
The step up to two miles shouldn’t be a problem. Island Brave is on a fair mark and will be suited by this step back up trip, so he’s considered the main threat.
CAT ROYALE was ridden a shade too aggressively when runner-up at Chelmsford last month, so he makes appeal back in handicap company from a fair-looking mark.
Aunt Helen may do better now switching to handicaps, with Dolly McQueen another to consider on the back of a good run at Kempton.
BEAU GESTE has showed improved form since switching to Tony Carroll’s yard, making a winning debut at this course in December, and losing little in defeat when narrowly beaten at Kempton last time.
That form is rock solid with the winner and the third both winning their next start and Beau Geste is strongly fancied to resume winning ways.
FELIX has proved a good purchase out of Sir Michael Stoute’s yard, winning both of his starts on the all-weather for new connections.
He showed an impressive turn of foot at Lingfield under this rider last time, and with the possibility of further progress, he is taken to go close again.
TIME TO REASON shaped well when runner-up over C&D last month and he’s potentially very well treated if he can build on that. Jorvik Prince did too much too soon at Chelmsford the other day but is worth another chance, with the in-form Qaaraat completing the shortlist.
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