This represents a notable drop in class for ETANA, who finished third in a much better contest over C&D two starts ago and passed the post in front (later demoted to second) at Laurel in November. She gets the tentative vote in a tricky event, with Nenita, Aunt Irene and Crystalina all feared.
CANDY CRUSHEM arrives on the back of two good thirds in a higher grade, including over C&D latest, and is fancied to make the most of this drop in class, possibly at the chief expense of Millionaire Runner and Animal Trick.
BUDGET BUSTER had Sir Chubby well held in third when a close second in a similar C&D event last month and that effort earns him vote ahead of the progressive Joe Benjamin and downgraded Guaco.
A good maiden special weight so only a tentative vote is for HARPER, who has been knocking on the door and now has first-time blinkers to help. Flying Finish and Papa Luke are two interesting newcomers, not least because of their jockey bookings.
WILD ONE FOREVER has been found a good opening to regain the winning thread by connections, and he can take full advantage. Congrats That and Put It On Detti are the main dangers.
TOURNESOL is most definitely better than her latest showing here and this unexposed three-year-old can bounce back to form. If the selection falters, the likes of Days Of Spring and Joyous Times will be there to pounce.
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SPORT’N FORTY hasn’t been sighted since last summer, but made the frame in a couple of maiden special weights at Woodbine before acquitting herself quite well in a stake there. Providing she is approaching peak fitness on her return, she should have too much for Token and Guazza.
Karenina may have struggled on her latest outing but she previously beat Henny’s Treasure to the runner-up berth over a mile here. Even so, GOLDEN TAP usually keeps better company than this and may force her to play another supporting role.
Boerne and Velvet Crush could cut each other’s throats up front, which would set this up for a finisher. Vast showed excellent form in stakes company as a juvenile, but so did NAKED AVENGER and Tim Hills’ filly will strip fitter for her recent return to action.
STOCK TRADE is entitled to strip fitter for his comeback run over an extended mile here last month and he boasts enough back class to suggest he can make his presence felt. Outshine is another class dropper who has to be feared under Luis Saez with last time out winner Volubile looking the pick of the remainder.
CORY GAL sauntered clear to score by nearly six lengths over track and trip last month and is difficult to oppose after such a dominant performance. Aurelia Garland scored by five lengths on debut back in May when under the care of Wesley Ward and any market confidence on this return would be interesting with Short Summer Dress looking next best.
BOURBON IN MAY drops significantly in grade and he boasts enough back class to suggest he can land an event of this nature. Robintakincharge had King Orb behind in third when runner-up over a mile here last month and they look the pair to concentrate on for minor honours.