The obvious starting point here is CUBAN DANCER given the way the Mark Johnston 2yos have been going. Follow Suit is another likely type on paper and would very much come into it for the Clive Cox team if the betting suggests she’s fancied. Roydmoor’s outside stall is a concern but he’s another from a good yard and is related to plenty of winners.
With experience in the locker preference is for KOOL MOE DEE, whose Kempton effort last week was better than it looks. With Mark Johnston having the winner that day (also a newcomer) his High Applause would be greatly feared if at all strong in the market. Shine That Light also merits consideration.
The unexposed Veleta looks a big player, provided the widest draw doesn’t prove a hindrance. Capla Spirit has possibilities if taking to Tapeta and Sampers Seven looks interesting on her debut for Mick Appleby but WILFY, who ran well over C&D two outings back, is taken to open his account.
There are reasons for believing Batalha, Justified, Deposit and Stagiaire can post career bests. However, SOPHAR SOGOOD and Saracen Star have less to prove. The selection is down in grade off only a 2lb higher mark than when pipped at Kempton.
A competitive staying handicap. A chance is taken on impressive Kempton winner LORD HALIFAX, who can still prove himself a progressive stayer despite disappointing favourite backers in his last two starts. Australis is feared most after a good run in defeat here last time.
Julie Camacho did very well with her first two runners back since the restart at Newmarket on Saturday and CAPTAIN CORELLI, who caught the eye over 7f here when last seen in November, gets a tenative vote in what looks a very open 3yo handicap. Jack Ryan hinted that he has the ability to make an impact from a modest mark when moving comfortably for a long way in a Newmarket novice last autumn and Adam Kirby does well for the stable. Decora and Divine Connection are others who merit consideration.
Having made a decent start for Emma Lavelle over C&D in March LET RIP may prove the answer in what looks a a competitive race. El Picador has done well over hurdles for this yard since last seen on the Flat and rates a probable threat. A case can also be made for Rudy Lewis and Squelch, while three-time course winner Michele Strogoff is well treated and needs keeping an eye on in the betting back from a break.
Robeam and COMPETITION both return to the Flat off marks which could be lenient based on the form they’ve shown over hurdles since. The latter has achieved a slightly higher level over timber and is preferred on his first start for Mick Appleby. Cafe Sydney and Taurean Dancer are a couple of others who should get involved.
Although GOLD STANDARD (nap) faded over this trip at Kempton last time there’s a possibility there was more to it than lack of stamina as it came only a week after his comfortable win here (9.5f) on his first Flat start for this yard. He has Tom Marquand doing the steering on his return from three months off and is worth another chance to show he’s still on a favourable mark. Cheng Gong is more consistent than most at this level and heads the dangers along with the lightly raced Aunt Helen.
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