This won’t take much winning and it looks a good opportunity for WORLD, who has mixed in better company than this and may be helped by the application of blinkers today. Caliche Ridge disappointed last time out but probably sets the standard on his best form and is a big player if back on song. Topogio completes the shortlist.
COUGAR COUNTRY ran out an easy winner over 5f at Delta Downs last time and this doesn’t look much tougher, so a double could be on the cards. Consumerconfidence drops in class for his Will Rogers Down debut and rates the biggest threat, ahead of Gimme Some Slack.
Owen The Great had some of these in arrears when making the frame over C&D last month and should have his say again, but preference is for ALOO GHOST. He has been knocking on the door, including when a good second latest, and may find this a little easier on his Will Rogers Downs bow. Hard Story looks next best.
Bug Zapper represents connections who do well at this venue and any market support for him would be interesting, while What Thinking has gone close on more than one occasion and is respected. However, NOVEMBER MIKE faces his easiest assignment to date and he displayed enough when fifth over this trip at Sam Houston last month to suggest he can shed the maiden tag.
MILTONTOWN had half a length to spare when defeating Taruca over 6f here last month and although both have something to prove over this longer trip, the selection looked the stronger at the line and is marginally preferred. Seattle Thunder excels under these conditions and looks the obvious one to capitalise if they fail to stay.
GO FOR JIM was only beaten four lengths in a $50k maiden claimer at Sam Houston and he can take full advantage of having his sights lowered. Spicy Legacy will also find this easier than previous assignments, while Champagne’s On Ice let down odds-on backers last time but still beat Woods Of Congaree.
Nym regained the winning thread at Sam Houston and boasts a good record here. Shaboxxo arrives on the back of a Delta triumph, but HOLLYWOOD SQUARE has been running well in defeat at Turf Paradise and a reproduction of that form might be enough to see him home in front.
IM THE MAN NOW made a cracking start to his 2020 campaign, and to life at Will Rogers, when beating Justins Omen to the runner-up berth over 5 1/2f and he can confirm that superiority en route to going one better. Centergee looks the pick of the first-timers.
Minister Of Soul numbered Oil Money among his victims when running out a wide-margin winner at Turf Paradise, but he may have to settle for a supporting role this time behind NERO. The son of Pioneerof The Nile doesn’t know how to run a bad race and might have too much quality.
Royal Creed registered a comprehensive victory at Turf Paradise, while Big Guy Ian had a couple of these behind him when sharing second over 6f here. However, ROCKY BOY INDIAN brings a solid level of recent consistency to the table and might be the safest option.
*All odds correct at time of publication