Being a son of Kingman, Al Rufaa made plenty of appeal on paper on his debut at Lingfield in October, and he caught the eye when staying on well into fifth. He confirmed the promise of that run when winning a York novice over this distance later the same month, seeing out the race well considering he took a little time to settle. There is obvious potential for more improvement from him, and given his pedigree, as well as being in the hands of John Gosden, his opening mark could easily underestimate him.
Gee Rex was heavily backed on his debut for Joseph O’Brien here earlier this month, but he failed to meet market expectation on his first appearance for seven months, looking unsuited by the drop back to six furlongs, though the headway he made in the latter stages suggests he is far from a lost cause. He should benefit from this return to seven furlongs here and has a good chance on the pick of his form, so looks worth another chance to get off the mark for his new stable.
Tackling this course and distance in February, Sonnet Rose drifted out to a big price given she had twice been close up in similar events at Chelmsford previously, and she belied her odds to get the job done in straightforward fashion, putting the race to bed a furlong out. She found things tougher under a penalty nine days later at Wolverhampton, and possibly needed the run after 13 weeks off when eighth at Yarmouth earlier this month, but that was on turf, and she is very much at her best on artificial surfaces, so this return to the all-weather puts her in with a real chance at a decent price.
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