Strum and Pluck hasn’t cut much ice in two turf starts but she’s a filly very much bred for dirt and now gets to run on the main track for the first time. She is expected to step up considerably on what she’s shown so far and can get the better of likely favourite Poznan.
Empty Holster shaped with a bit of promise when seventh over C&D on debut a fortnight ago and should move forward with that experience under her belt. Cask has been gelded since last seen and can come out best of the rest. Danceronthebeach is another worth looking at.
Channel Stuffer has been off the track for the best part of two years but he looks worth chancing on his US debut. His form when trained by Jessica Harrington in Ireland reads well and he should go close if able to replicate that. U S Army Corps may prove best of the opposition.
Derby Champagne stepped up on his comeback run when second here last time and is taken to go one better this time. King Orb is back down in grade and should put a couple of lesser efforts behind him, while National Honor is also considered.
Chart was an impressive winner on debut at Tampa Bay before being outclassed in Grade 2 company last time. Having dropped in class and switched trainers to Mark Casse, she should run much closer to that debut form. Boerne and Lastchanceforlove are other lightly-raced types to bear in mind.
Pacific Gale is the class act in this allowance optional claimer, but she does have a 262-day layoff to overcome and may be worth taking on. J P’s Delight has done little wrong in five starts, and Kathleen O’Connell’s progressive filly produced a career best to win impressively at Tampa Bay last time. Princess Causeway can prove best of the rest.