On My Way and Talking Point both make some appeal on pedigree, but Mark Johnston’s selected juveniles have made a good start to the summer and VENTURA VISION looks the one to be on.
Plenty of interesting runners on show in a good race of its type. Atalanta’s Boy and Whelans Way both improved last year, but they’re returning from a 227-day layoff and there may be other days.
Alnasherat returns from an even longer layoff but is thoroughy unexposed and still appeals as being well treated. That said, ROCK BOY GREY was improving when last seen and might be able to come out on top.
Our Lord has lots to prove, but he’s been much better than this in his day and he’s worth a market check dropping into a Class 6.
Kath’s Lustre, Good Answer and Amor Kethley are respected but AVENUE OF STARS, who didn’t take to Fibresand when a warm favourite for his stable debut, is worth another chance.
Although BRISTOL MISSILE‘s form took a drastic turn for the worse after winning on his reappearance last April he still looks pretty interesting on his debut for Mick Appleby, given that he had some relatively useful AW form in better races than this going back.
Roca Magica has good form claims if her highish draw isn’t too big a handicap, but Three C’s is a bigger conundrum on his return to Polytrack
Some good prospects here. The penalised fillies Disco Fever and Fantail are two of them but perhaps ANGEL POWER, who wasn’t suited by the way things turned out on her soft-ground Newmarket debut, can take advantage of the 7lb she gets from the Gosden and Crisford fillies.
Award Scheme never gave up on her 7-furlong debut and looks sure to appreciate the extra furlong so also has to be considered.
There are some well-related newcomers on show with Feisty Gal, Kimberley, Magic Sky and Riviera Belle all having something to recommend them on paper.
FOORAAT and Maria Rosa have already shown a good level of ability though and the former is taken to confirm her Newcastle superiority despite the 7lb turnaround in the weights. She stayed on very well over 7f on that occasion and today’s extra furlong is sure to suit.
A host of unexposed handicap debutants make this an unappealing betting race. If Fuchsia settles better then she’d look a key player, while Striding Edge, River Sprite, Rock Of Redmond and Exotic Escape also need a second look.
NEWTON JACK showed some promise last season though and this extra furlong can see him take a step forward. His yard traditionally has their string well forward and this could be the time to strike.
Not many of these can have a strong case made, though wind surgery might have done the trick for Scorched Breath who ran up against a well-handicapped rival on his latest run in March and ought to have a race in him.
However, preference is for BLESSED TO EMPRESS in a refitted visor with Silvestre De Sousa back in the saddle.
AW specialist Red Stripes had a productive time at Southwell in the spring and he should be in thick of things again back at this track. The well-handicapped Abel Handy needs watching in the market on his Polytrack/stable debut, while Boom The Groom has possibilities on his drop back in trip.
However, the vote goes to TONE THE BARONE, who really kicked on again with his two C&D wins in February and may well be able to defy another rise in the weights to make it 5-9 in handicaps.
The one that appeals most is BAROSSA RED (nap), who raised his form to a new level with his win and second at Haydock in his final two runs last season and is open to further progress back up in trip on his return for an in-form yard.
Mayfair Spirit and Amjaady are feared most, though Geetanjali has claims if she can pick up where she left off. Another to consider is triple Flat winner Rhosneigr, who has done well switched to hurdling for his new yard and looks on a workable mark back in this sphere.
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