True Belief finally got off the mark at Windsor in October when running to a level he hadn’t reached since his debut, and his consistency since has been hard to knock, hitting the frame in each of his last four outings. He ran creditably when third at Chelmsford last time, especially given the awkward position he came from.
He seemed to have no problem with the step up to seven furlongs and, after having to angle out towards the centre of the track to get a run in the final furlong, he finished well once in the clear. He is still unexposed at this trip and, judged on his latest effort, he looks well up to winning a race at this level.
Divine Messenger won twice from six runs last year and shaped well after eight months off when second over this course and distance on his reappearance last month, just being run down late by Candelisa, who had the benefit of fitness on his side.
He is better off at the weights with that rival now, and with that run now under his belt, he is taken to turn the tables on David Loughnane’s charge and bounce back to winning ways.
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Never To Forget showed ability on his debut when fifth at Kempton, but struggled to match that level on his next three outings. Back at this track last month, John Butler’s charge attracted support prior to the off and posted easily his best effort since his debut when fourth on just his second attempt in a handicap.
He is up in trip here and, though further improvement is required if he is to break his duck, he ought to be capable of making his presence felt at a venue he seems favoured by.