Twice successful over this trip at Yarmouth last year, Global Hope returned to form after four months off when dead-heating for fourth at the same venue last week. Crucially, that means he has race fitness on his side, and with champion jockey Oisin Murphy taking over in the saddle, all looks set for a bold showing.
Aweemaweh hadn’t shown much in a pair of quick-fire turf starts back in August, but looked a different prospect switched to Wolverhampton’s artificial surface in March, his stamina kicking in late to pick off a pair that set the standard in the race. There was maybe a sense that he picked up the pieces on that occasion, but at no stage did he feel the whip, and he’s got the physique and pedigree to think he can go in again here, particularly from what appears a fair opening mark.
Stylistique may still be a maiden, but she showed useful form as a juvenile, notably when an excellent second in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on her penultimate start. She sets the clear form standard in this race and anything other than a win will arguably be viewed a disappointing result by connections.
John Gosden’s Worthily makes the most appeal here without the benefit of market clues. A brother to the smart Corelli, Worthily is also closely related to three more winners, notably Gosden’s St Leger winner Lucarno. Boasting an eye-catching pedigree, as well as a top trainer, the Point Of Entry colt looks the way to go, with Choral Work the pick of those with experience.
Gold Wand was strong in the betting at Doncaster on her debut back in October, and she showed plenty to work on, unable to hold off a similarly promising Golden Horn filly in the final 100 yards, but pulling clear of the remainder nonetheless. The form of that race has since proven strong, with two next-time-out winners finishing behind the front two, and Roger Varian’s filly is taken to land this before having her sights raised, with the Irish Oaks a possibility.
Involved got back on the up on his first start for George Boughey at Newmarket last week, racing keenly early on but sticking to his guns well, just unable to reel in one who had been strong in the betting beforehand. He looks well treated off the same mark, and with his fitness assured, he should prove difficult to hold out as he bids to go one better.
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