Market confidence behind either Bonnyrigg or Sidi Mansour on their debuts would be interesting, but the well-bred CLIFFCAKE suggested he would have learned quite a bit from his Haydock debut 11 days ago. His experience may make the difference.
Despite finishing last season with such a flourish, Rose Hip may just need this return from 290 days off and a few of her opponents are race-fit. Rock Boy Grey has good recent AW form to his name but COLONEL FRANK made an encouraging return over C&D 15 days ago, especially given his previous record first time out, and can prove the answer.
Mark Of Gold and Sycamore are respected newcomers, while Dyami has shown enough to think he had races in him, but this looks a good opportunity for HAQEEQY to defy a penalty. John Gosden’s colt had plenty in hand when scoring at Yarmouth this month and can go in again.
This looks competitive for a 0-70, with a mix of unexposed types and horses who’ve already shown they can make an impact from their marks. PRODUCTIVE falls into the former category and the strength behind him in the betting on his debut suggests he’s well regarded by the Burke team. His subsequent Southwell second received a boost when the winner ran well in a handicap last weekend and he’s preferred to King’s View, who went close on AW last week and is 3lb well-in compared to his future mark, and Glen Esk who shaped well in a nursery when last seen in the autumn.
Both Nehaall and Penpal are unknown quantities with both having a record of 1-2 on the AW. They are entitled to still have improvement in them switching to turf, but it’s hard to get away from EXCEPTIONAL (nap) who was so impressive at Pontefract nine days ago and is still 7lb well in despite her penalty. Her pedigree suggests the extra furlong won’t be a problem.
An interesting race. Sarvan and Spectrum Of Light both showed up well in good-quality 1m novices here on Guineas weekend and look sure to have a big say. Annie De Vega is also much respected after her promising debut last backend but it’s perhaps worth chancing TENBURY WELLS to improve past all of them. John Gosden’s charge was a warm order for his AW debut over the winter but was too green to himself justice. He did show signs of promise by the finish and, evidently well regarded, has the potential to leave that bare form well behind.
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Rather more AW form than turf form on offer here. Alvaro looked an improver when last seen and would have to be respected if ready for this return and handling turf, while Blowing Dixie and Torbellino are others to consider. However, PEACE PREVAILS has nothing to prove on grass and she made a most encouraging return to action on the Lingfield Polytrack 11 days ago.
This may become tactical. Tribal Craft could be dangerous if left alone in front having made all for her two wins last year, but the 3yo TULIP FIELDS should prove hard to beat. She seemed to improve for the step up to 1m2f when winning on her handicap debut at Goodwood last Sunday and her pedigree suggests she could be even better over this trip.
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