Brooklyn Boy showed much improved form to break his maiden and get off the mark for new trainer Ivan Furtado at Southwell last week, running out a 14-length winner. He looked well ahead of his mark on that occasion and, quickly turned out under a penalty, is a confident selection to follow up. Silvestre de Sousa takes over in the saddle.
Agreed failed to make an impact on her debut but showed improved form when finishing runner-up here in December, getting much closer to the winner Island Hideaway than she had at Chelmsford. That has proved to be strong form and, with this step up in trip expected to eke out further improvement, she will take plenty of stopping.
Fair Warning produced his best effort when second at Newcastle in December and improved on that when again finding only one too good at Kempton subsequently. He is progressing gradually and, after showing he remains in good heart with a creditable third at Newcastle last time, he is taken to gain that elusive victory now returned to slightly calmer waters.
De Vegas Kid enjoyed a productive campaign in 2019, winning on three occasions and showing improved form. He made an encouraging return from a short break at Kempton last month, making eye-catching progress late on to grab fourth, and there could still be a little bit more to come, particularly with trainer Tony Carroll in such good form.
De Vegas Kid finished behind Ginger Fox last time but is better off at the weights here and there is good reason to suspect he can turn the tables.
Chocco Star had been knocking on the door prior to registering her first success over this course and distance last time. Slowly into stride, Chelsea Banham’s charge was still nearer last than first on the turn for home but she stayed on stoutly to pull clear inside the final furlong, winning by two and a half lengths.
She looked well ahead of her mark on that occasion and a 7 lb rise may not be enough to stop her following up.
Perfect Symphony resumed winning ways over this course and distance last month and was value for a bit extra given he idled once hitting the front. He confirmed his return to form when runner-up over this track and trip last time, proving to still be on a good mark having been raised only 1 lb for his previous success.
A further 1 lb rise here looks more than fair and he looks likely to give a good account.
Hot Hot Hot sprang a surprise to win a minor event at 80/1 last month, and she bounced back from a disappointing effort at Newcastle when registering a second success at Wolverhampton.
She showed a good attitude, staying on to lead in the dying strides, and, with Laura Coughlan’s 7 lb claim offsetting a rise in the weights, she looks to have a good chance again.