Recent Beverley winner HELLO GIRL wouldn’t normally be an obvious one to follow up, but this is a bad race. Sambucca Spirit and Swell Song are feared most in that order.
Having looked an unlucky loser at Newcastle last time, My Kinda Day looks sure to prove popular. But, he is 6lb higher here and is unlikely to represent much in the way of value so it may pay to side with WONDERWORK.
He has a bit to find with Tom Tulliver on recent Haydock running, but is open to improvement with so few miles on the clock. Azteca is probably better than she has had chance to show and can go well along with Vintage Times and Fleeting Princess.
Baileys Breathless and Signora Princess can improve on their debut efforts. But, the newcomers are interesting and RUMAYTHAH in particular, being the half-sister to a Group 3 winner. That’s why she’s our selection.
The Roger Varian-trained SAINT LAWRENCE was a solid fourth on his debut at Newmarket and his pedigree firmly indicates he will improve.
He is the selection ahead of the newcomer Mister Allegro, who represents Mark Johnston.
Having won with authority on his belated debut over this C&D on Thursday, Confide would warrant plenty of respect if turned out quickly under a penalty. However, the swift turnaround might not be ideal, so marginal preference is for HIGH ACCOLADE.
He justified strong market support on his debut at Newcastle in October and looks a useful performer in the making. Soaring Star is the other one to consider on form, while Ricksen is an interesting debutant.
Entrancing has been a good-while absent since her Leicester success and preference is for GOLD ZABEEL, whose Lingfield debut when seemingly fancied didn’t go to plan.
The well-handicapped ARBALET (NAP) is just the type of new recruit that David O’Meara excels with, and he can build on his encouraging stable debut fifth at Newmarket.
He gets the nod ahead of Ginger Fox, who is better than he showed when back from a break at Newmarket 17 days ago. The Great Heir, Citron Major, Breanski and True Blue Moon all have something to recommend them, too.
This looks treacherous with a host of runners for whom the market can provide clues as to their readiness. Harry George should go well, with Flying Raconteur and Trevithick also having something to recommend them.
KERMOUSTER had a purple patch last summer though and with her reappearance behind her, she can resume her progress and come out on top.
Only a Class 6 but competitive and very open. COLD LIGHT OF DAY is bred to be better than this level and is open to improvement at the trip.
Her last run also brings the fourth Carriesmatic into the equation but the biggest danger could be Philosophical, who wasn’t beaten all that far on his handicap debut at Haydock and last week’s King George V Stakes runner-up Kipps was second in that race.
Although Chenille and Boulevard Beauty could improve markedly for greater stamina tests on their handicap debuts, a confident vote goes to REVOLVER, who won over 1m 4f on his first start in handicap company and can defy a 6lb penalty over a longer trip which promises to suit.
Warranty and Black Star Dancing should be capable of better in time, but Roman’s Empress may give the selection most to do on this occasion.
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