Those who have already run need to show considerably more and this may go to a newcomer. The suggestion is TIGERALI, who is bred to be speedy and has a decent draw in stall five.
Lazyitis, Miss Milby and Selfless Act are other debutantes who make some appeal, while Samara Bay may fare best of those with previous experience.
Dapper Man would have been interesting from his ideal draw had he not folded tamely on Monday, so his stable companion Ustath may pose a bigger threat.
James Watt and Line Of Reason give Paul Midgley a strong hand, but a chance is taken with top weight OUR LITTLE PONY, who is effective with cut in the ground and may be able to deliver a telling late challenge. At the other end of the handicap, Fendale makes some appeal, while chances can also be given to Magical Spirit and Afandem.
This looks a weak affair and the two to focus on should be George Cornelius and RUBY WONDER. The former was impressive on his debut on the AW in Ireland, but was not the same force next time and has a bit to prove on his British/turf debut.
He also has to give 10lb to what looks to be his main rival and that could prove crucial as the filly is proven round here and may have more to offer this year. The Tim Easterby pair, Sushi Power and Dandy Story, may be the best of the rest.
With Moon Power so desperately disappointing last time a chance is taken that SILVER SNIPER can fulfil the promise of his recent debut effort at Newcastle. Modular Magic’s penalty for his debut win makes things tougher but he may still be the main danger.
It is impossible to know which of these has made most improvement from two to three, but ABBOTSIDE is lightly raced and ran well over this C&D last summer. He may come into his own now he is handicapping and he may be worth chancing.
Violette Szabo also appeals on her handicap bow, while dual winner Rains Of Castamere looks sure to give another bold show.
Ifs and buts about the vast majority of these, but STRINGYBARK CREEK (nap) likes it here and has landed the plum inside draw – something which should be ideal for his front-running style. He may be the answer.
Erich Bloch and Dawaaween are interesting on their first runs for new stables, while others to consider include Dancing Rave, Woodside Wonder and Stoney Lane.
Secretarial looks well handicapped on the form of her maiden victory. but she has been absent for over a year now.
She would be very tempting if strong in the betting but as things stand a chance is taken on HAYADH, who won last year’s Thirsk Hunt Cup off a higher mark. Hesslewood is another to consider.
Man Of Light, Strawberry Rock and Strict Order all have decent pedigrees and one of them could easily be the answer to such a weak maiden. The best form belongs to TALKING ABOUT YOU though, who hinted at winning potential over Lingfield’s 1m last time and going up in trip looks a good move.
Although FANFARONADE was quiet in two runs over hurdles for her current yard, she’s interesting on her all-weather form for John Gosden and she comes here after wind surgery.
Awesomedude is another potential improver after changing stables, while Flower Power and Quoteline Direct are others with claims.
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