SIDI MANSOUR represents a top yard and is bred to be useful so he gets the nod in a contest where the market will no doubt prove very informative. Fellow newcomer Bonnyrigg also commands plenty of respect, while Cliffcake should show a fair bit more than on his debut so is worth considering too.
ROCK BOY GREY did well on the AW over the winter and was beaten only by one seen to maximum effect at Chelmsford 11 days ago. He’s likely to make another bold bid back on turf. The progressive Rose Hip is an obvious threat, while Shamshon and Dark Defender are both lurking on dangerous marks.
HAQEEQY looked a useful prospect when making a winning return at Yarmouth and can defy a penalty. Dyami is the obvious threat, though Mark of Gold and Sycamore are a couple of interesting newcomers to note.
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LILY LIKE impressed with how she stuck to the task when runner-up in a novice at Chelmsford earlier this year and appeals as the type to pull out more now handicapping, so she gets the marginal vote in an open race. The in-form King’s View is a danger, as is Glen Esk, who looked ahead of his mark when last seen in September.
EXCEPTIONAL’s pedigree is an ongoing recommendation, and there’s little doubt she’s a fair way ahead of the game under a penalty following last week’s dominant win over 6f at Pontefract. I’m Available and Al Dawodiya both shaped nicely on reappearance and are feared most.
ANNIE DE VEGA shaped with plenty of promise under a considerate ride on her debut at Nottingham in the autumn, and she seems sure to progress and win races on that evidence. Spectrum of Light can make his presence felt again, while Tenbury Wells is expected to do a lot better second time up.
ALVARO made his second handicap start a winning one at Lingfield in February and though he now has to prove he can do it on turf, this low-mileage 4-y-o is an appealing candidate. A recent spin will have blown away the cobwebs for Peace Prevails and she is second choice.
TULIP FIELDS was comfortably on top of another two progressive 3-y-os at Goodwood on Sunday and shouldn’t have much trouble defying a penalty against her elders provided the race doesn’t come too soon. Point In Time could pose a threat if they go a true gallop and Tribal Craft can’t be dismissed returning to a more realistic level.
- 12:20 – Sidi Mansour
- 12:50 – Rock Boy Grey
- 13:25 – Haqeeqy
- 14:00 – Lily Lake
- 14:35 – Exceptional
- 15:10 – Annie De Vega
- 15:45 – Alvaro
- 16:20 – Tulip Fields
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