HARD ROCKIN BLUES is entitled to have needed her first run of the season, which came over an inadequate 6 furlongs, and the return to a mile will play to her strengths. Premium Motion enters the reckoning along with Micro Margarita.
PIPPIN was knocking on the door earlier in the year and makes plenty of appeal returning from a three-month absence. Glengar and Sincere Man can fight it out for the minor honours.
SMALL INVASION didn’t step forward as expected from his racecourse debut when down the field at Aqueduct in November. However, he is taken to bounce back down in grade, with the main dangers likely to be Tapizar King and Johnny Jiggle.
PALACE KITTEN rattled the crossbar over a route at Gulfstream last time and should go well with a repeat performance. Big runs from Bold Quest and Enjoy The Music could also be on the cards.
MISDRIVEN has been knocking loudly on the door and could build on her Penn second in November and find the improvement needed to go one better. Princess Palomar and Letmeslidebyyou look best of the rest.
AULD LANGE SYNE returned to winning ways at Laurel last time and is expected to follow up to notch a quick double. Day is feared most, though a big run from McLean House would also come as no surprise.
Dawlish and Bellamy Knows both merit plenty of respect in a moderate contest, but the vote goes to MARY ALICE after she got off the mark at Laurel earlier in the month.
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PADRINO’S HEART ended his 2019 campaign with a victory in this grade over C&D and he appears to be the one to beat. If he were to need the run then I’mthetapitnow and Kid Slipper would be the most likely beneficiaries.
Five-year-old ON THE VERGE certainly doesn’t lack for experience, and he make not have a better chance to get off the mark than this one. Newcomers First Classs and Rb Game Over are ones to watch too.
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