With nothing to go on bar a forgettable debut for Balavad the market vibes are awaited with interest. NIGHT MOMENT, under man-of-the-moment Oisin Murphy, appeals most for a stable having winners. Speedful is second choice.
Dashing Roger was the only one to come from off the pace when winning off a 4lb lower mark last time and he goes on the shortlist, along with the twice-raced potential improvers Claudius Secundus and Business. PRETTY IN GREY took a decent forward step, going beyond sprint trips and on the AW for the first time here last backend though (London Calling held) and she can defy a 6lb rise on comeback.
Course specialist Soar Above resumes on comfortably a career-high mark after a runaway win in the spring, while the consistent Baby Steps always seems to find one or two too strong off this sort of mark. Among the likely bigger prices the wide-drawn May Sonic may yet be capable of better but TINTORETTO looks the way to go, with the potential strong pace likely to work in his favour. The well-treated Gossiping is another with obvious claims after last week’s win here.
The market will tell a tale with the 3yos, not least Crossing The Bar, a half-brother to the yard’s decent stayer Mekong among others. However, the 4yo MAIDEN CASTLE sets a good standard on last season’s clear comeback second to a subsequent Listed winner, when he had a bunch of future winners in behind.
A surprise if this turns out as strong as the first division and there’s little to go on, so the market should tell a tale. Hey Gracie showed nothing at a big price on her course debut last backend but she’s now with Ralph Beckett, who won races with three of her siblings, and she looks the most interesting 4yo. Cousin Rosaura is a half-sister to no fewer than four first-time-out 3yo winners, including one on debut, but Andrew Balding has made a flying return and KASHI may be up to adding to the tally.
Gary Moore’s BEAT THE JUDGE is the highest rated of these over hurdles and he ran a pleasing enough race in a C&D maiden in February to believe he might be the answer to this low-grade handicap. Repetitio, another useful hurdler, looks on a fair mark back on the Flat and Sandy Steve was a winner under Oisin Murphy the last time he ran here.
Some decent fillies clash here. Rain-softened ground forced SHIMMERING DAWN out of a Listed race on Sunday and she can take advantage of this slightly easier assignment. Pennywhistle will go close if getting more luck than last time, while Jamaheery is the unexposed one and Buy Me Back should make a bold bid from the front.
It’s hard to get away from MAY REMAIN (nap), who so nearly defied the same mark here last week on his first run for George Baker. Returning to 6f shouldn’t bother him at all. Human Nature could be the danger, though Pedestal warrants a market check on his return from an absence.
A low-grade handicap, but there’s no shortage of interest with High Shine, Maximilius, Anno Lucis, Windy Cove and Tigerten all raised in distance for their handicap debuts and duly expected to improve. However, CRITIQUE looked an unlucky loser when backed at Lingfield last time and is given another chance. Camouflaged is feared after running his best race at Chelmsford.
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