Was narrowly behind Say It Simple when the pair clashed at Newcastle last time, but she meets Richard Fahey’s filly on better terms now and is taken to turn the tables, with further improvement not ruled out after only three starts. You Don’t Own Me has a good record here and ought to go well again, while Clever Candy cannot be discounted, either, on her first outing since winning on handicap debut in September.
had plenty to spare when making a winning start for Archie Watson at Wolverhampton last month, drawing clear in the final furlong to land the spoils by six lengths. That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, even with her penalty taken into account, and her scope for further improvement identifies her as very much the one to beat. Rusper’s Lad and Princesse Animale can battle it out for the minor honours.
has shaped well when suffering narrow defeats in Lingfield handicaps on her last two starts, looking unlucky to be beaten just a head on the most recent occasion after being forced wide entering the straight. She is clearly on a handy mark and makes plenty of appeal with the longer trip here expected to see her in an even better light. Vega’s Angel is progressing nicely for her top yard and can give the selection most to think about.
Was impressive when winning a jumpers’ bumper at Wolverhampton just over two weeks ago, justifying strong support with the minimum of fuss. On that evidence, he is potentially well treated now running in a Flat handicap for the first time since November 2018, and it will be disappointing if he can’t mount a bold follow-up bid under the in-form Megan Nicholls. Mouriyani is feared after recording his second successive win over C&D last time, while Beltor is seemingly hard to catch right but could also play a part if on a going day.
Could be the way to go here after showing his first form at Lingfield last time. Dean Ivory’s charge starts life in handicaps from what looks a lenient mark – he is 3 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings – and this looks an excellent opportunity for him to get off the mark with improvement anticipated. Mabre is another who should progress after a promising handicap debut, while Monday-scorer Rains of Castamere and Thomas Lanfiere complete the shortlist.
Shaped better than the bare result when third at Newcastle last time, doing his best work at the finish after being forced to wait for a gap at a crucial stage, ultimately never nearer than the two and a half lengths he was beaten at the line. He is only 1lb higher here and can gain compensation if enjoying more luck-in-running. Armed made a positive start for his new yard at Lingfield but has a wide draw to overcome, so it could be Classic Star who provides the main threat to the selection.
found little at Chelmsford last time but had been in excellent form prior to that, notably finishing a good second from a similar mark at Lingfield in January. He is very much the type to bounce back quickly, and the drop in grade here makes him the one to beat with regular rider Luke Morris back in the saddle. Air of York should be in the mix if he can overcome a tricky draw, while Mister Freeze is also a danger if able to replicate the form he showed when last seen scoring at Southwell two months ago.
Shaped well when runner-up on his first outing for this stable at Wolverhampton last month and the form has been boosted since, so he’s an obvious choice to go one better in a weak race. Recuerdame could pose a threat if he comes on for his latest outing and Deadly Accurate shouldn’t be written off despite making an underwhelming start for Ian Williams at Lingfield.
*All odds correct at time of publication