KEPALA shaped with some encouragement on her debut at Chelmsford last year and took a big step forward when finishing runner-up at Wolverhampton.
That was an encouraging performance and is among the best pieces of form on offer here, so this stoutly-bred filly makes plenty of appeal on her return over a trip which promises to suit.
There are plenty of interesting types in here, as you might expect for a three-year-old handicap at this stage of the season. However, SORREL looks the type to leave her juvenile form behind now going handicapping up in distance, and she gets the vote.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Sorrel shaped with promise on both starts at Kempton last season, coming home fourth on debut before improving to finish second, and she isn’t badly treated on her handicap debut.
KOHINOOR boasts a very speedy pedigree, being by Adaay out of a five-furlong winner who has produced a couple of winning sprinters, including the useful Good Vibes. She cost £100,000 as a yearling and, given her pedigree, should be a sharp sort. She comfortably makes most appeal on paper.
SPANISH ANGEL showed promise on a couple of occasions last season, finishing runner-up over this course and distance and signing off for the campaign by winning a three-runner minor event at Brighton.
He looks well treated on those two efforts and, returning to the course with trainer Andrew Balding in flying form, he can exploit a lenient opening mark.
MOYASSAR has the potential to be a cut above these rivals and is worth siding with. He progressed well as a juvenile, unlucky to score just the once as he ran well in defeat a number of times – and he showed further improvement last season to win a competitive three-year-old handicap.
He disappointed twice subsequently, but has since been gelded and may be a different proposition returning from a break.
AIR FORCE AMY bolted up on her penultimate start at Pontefract last season, seeing this trip out well as she pulled nine lengths clear.
She was unable to follow up at Chelmsford, but that was over a two-furlong shorter trip which failed to place enough emphasis on stamina, and she is interesting on her return with James Doyle booked.
Bodyline would have taken the beating on the back of an encouraging performance but his absence leaves this looking like a good opportunity for GLENTIES, who was ridden positively when a good third at Haydock last week and could take some catching in what may develop into a tactical affair.
That Haydock effort was his best yet and his trainer Mark Johnston has started the season in flying form.
All four of these are nice prospects, but CELESTRAN made a winning return at Yarmouth this month and having that run under his belt could provide him with a slight advantage.
He still looked a bit rough around the edges on his handicap debut at Yarmouth, carrying his head awkwardly, but he clearly has plenty of ability and quickened clear entering the final furlong. He should be suited by this step up in trip and is a smart prospect.
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