Garsman showed only fair form in Ireland but produced a career-best effort on his debut for Mick Appleby at Southwell, taking well to the artificial surface, showing plenty of speed and responding well. He has a 6 lb penalty to overcome but remains open to improvement for this yard and should go close if proving as effective on Polytrack.
Come On Bear showed improved form to get off the mark at Wolverhampton last time, staying on strongly to lead near the finish. As that victory was achieved in an apprentice handicap – under this rider – she does not have to carry a penalty here, so her claims are obvious off a 1 lb lower mark.
Roca Magica’s good run of form came to a halt at Chelmsford last time, where she beat only four home. However, it’s worth forgiving that effort as she was slowly into stride and had a hopeless task from the position she found herself in. It’s worth focusing instead on the positives of her previous second at Wolverhampton, where she travelled like a filly with more to offer.
Solar Heights enjoyed a productive 2019, winning on three occasions, and she ran right up to her best at Wolverhampton last month, travelling better than most but having to settle for second after being overhauled inside the final furlong. She had the run of the race on that occasion but it was still a promising effort and she will take plenty of beating on these terms.
Lucky’s Dream bounced back to winning ways over this course and distance last month and he did well to follow up at Newcastle last time, finding plenty inside the final furlong to overhaul a rival who got first run. That effort showed he is firing on all cylinders, and he is fancied to overcome a 5 lb rise in the weights and complete the hat-trick.
Pitchers Point, an $800,000 purchase as a yearling, has shown promise on both outings, finishing third on debut at Newcastle and then running to a similar level when runner-up at Wolverhampton. He was unlucky to bump into an above-average prospect last time, but he has the best form on offer and is the percentage call here. Charlie Appleby’s newcomer Reflectionist, a 900,000 guineas yearling, is the obvious threat.
Subliminal arrives in search of the hat-trick having struck over 1m2f at Lingfield the last twice and he looks to hold solid claims. He did well to win last time as his rider suffered a tack issue (saddle shifted when the horse hung left on the home turn) and, although he won by only a short head, he still looks fairly treated off just a 3 lb higher mark. Thore Hammer Hansen, who finished third on the horse last year, takes off a valuable 5 lb.
- 17:30 – GARSMAN
- 18:00 – COME ON BEAR
- 18:30 – ROCA MAGICA
- 19:00 – SOLAR HEIGHTS
- 19:30 – LUCKY’S DREAM
- 20:00 – PITCHER’S POINT
- 20:30 – SUBLIMINAL