Bavardages proved a different proposition when upped in trip for his handicap debut, getting off the mark at Kempton, and he progressed again to win with plenty in hand at Chelmsford on his final outing in November. He is better than this grade and is one to be positive about as he goes in pursuit of the hat-trick.
Brunch shaped with promise on his debut at Doncaster, staying on nicely to be nearest at the finish, and he built on that encouraging start when getting off the mark at Newmarket. He evidently knew a lot more on his second outing, and, while he was still not the finished article, he holds leading claims here with further improvement expected.
Kevin Ryan has had a good time of it since racing’s resumption, saddling a winner and two seconds at this venue on Monday, and it may be worth siding with his newcomer Chardoneigh in this contest. She is a half-sister to three winners and makes plenty of appeal on paper.
Zodiakos showed much improved form to land the opening race here on Monday, leading home a one-two for trainer Roger Fell, and he still looks fairly weighted under a penalty. The fact he has proved his wellbeing is another obvious positive. Thaayer looks to have fallen to a workable mark and could prove the biggest danger in first-time cheekpieces.
My Kinda Day wasn’t seen too best effect, coming from some way back, on his most recent outing in a stronger race than this at York, but he looks well treated based on his second at Musselburgh and he is of interest having been gelded and undergone wind surgery since last seen.Rogue Tide showed clear ability when third on debut and looks interesting now switched to handicaps.
After creating a favourable impression when winning his first two races, Malotru came up slightly short at a higher level towards the end of last season, finishing fourth in the Gimcrack and fifth in the Mill Reef. He proved a different proposition on his first outing as a three-year-old, however, producing a career-best effort to rout the opposition in a Lingfield listed race in February. He is already smart and is capable of better still, so he gets the nod to land his first race at Group level.
Mark Johnston’s two-year-olds are always worth noting on debut and High Peak, a half-brother to several winners, including the smart Always Hopeful, catches the eye. He gets the vote ahead of the Tom Dascombe-trained Adaay Dream, who also has an appealing pedigree and represents a yard capable of readying one.
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Buniann did well to finish second over this course and distance in January after being caught further back than ideal in a muddling race, and he improved on that eye-catching reappearance when coming from the rear to beat one operating at the top of her game the following month. He’ll continue to do well in this company given his unexposed status, and with further progress anticipated he should give a good account.
Nataleena got back on the up when gaining her second victory (both over this course and distance) in January, and then twice shaped well in defeat, travelling as if ahead of her mark in a race not run to suit last time. She ought to be very competitive here, particularly granted a stronger pace to chase.
Mabre looked suited by the longer trip when third over nine and a half furlongs at Wolverhampton in January, and then ran well over a mile at Kempton on his subsequent outing, staying on for fourth after coming from a little further back than the first three. He should relish this step up in trip.
- Bavardages – 13:00
- Brunch – 13:35
- Chardoneigh – 14:10
- Zodiakos – 14:45
- My Kinda Day – 15:20
- Malotru – 15:55
- High Peak – 16:30
- Buniann – 17:05
- Nataleena – 17:40
- Mabre – 18:15
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