Bluebell Time dug deep to win a C&D maiden last week and, although that form isn’t anything to get too excited about, she’s probably well treated under a penalty in this low-grade handicap. However, triple C&D winner DAVID’S BEAUTY made a pleasing seasonal/stable debut at Beverley on Wednesday and she may prove even better handicapped. Under Curfew also warrants respect after some good recent AW runs.
There ought to be more to come from Hattusa, who was a respectable fourth on Polytrack on her debut and represents a stable with an excellent 2yo strike-rate, but CHICA BELLA sets the clear form standard and gets the nod. David Loughnane’s filly is out of a 1m2f winner and has become outpaced on her first two starts but she stuck pretty well to her task on both occasions and can grind this out before going on to better things over longer trips.
Mick Channon’s low-mileage filly Equipped posted a very good effort in defeat on Polytrack 17 days ago and will be a tough nut to crack if able to continue her progress on turf here but slight preference is for GREY GALLEON, who returned to form on his recent stable debut and remains very well treated on the pick of last year’s exploits. Desert Land and Soldier’s Son are others to consider.
Oloroso posted a sound effort when fourth on Polytrack three weeks ago and remains on a workable mark for today’s turf return but this might go to his former stablemate KITCARINA, who would probably have won or gone close with a clear run at Sandown on her final start for Andrew Balding in September and proved she can go well fresh when winning for that yard in this month last year. Absolutio also looks interesting on his first start for a new trainer.
Mick Appleby often does well with new recruits and Champagne Bob will be feared if strong in the betting here. However, the suggestion is six-time turf winner FIELDSMAN (nap) who raced too keenly after a break on Polytrack this month but still ran well there and has now dropped to a new career-low mark. Peachey Carnehan rewarded good market support when scoring over 6f here last week and can also feature, but he shoulders a 5lb penalty in what looks a more competitive race today.
Andrew Balding’s £380,000 newcomer Mahanakhon Power could be anything but his future probably lies over middle-distance trips and the vote goes to AL QAASIM, who was also an expensive yearling and ought to be able to build upon his promising recent debut at Haydock. Godolphin’s newcomer Secret Moment also warrants attention, while Campari showed enough last season to suggest he can play a significant role too.
This is competitive for the grade but it’s still hard to be swayed from LIMELIGHTER, who returned to the Flat with a comfortable win at Windsor a week ago and still looks well treated under a penalty here. Levanter was mowed down by a strong-finisher at Lingfield on Friday but that still goes down as a good effort and she is feared most. Cases can also be made for Bristol Missile and Sir Plato.
Zagrah made a promising debut when second to a very useful rival over 1m last summer and is bred to be suited by today’s longer trip but riding arrangements suggest TAJAMHOR is Hamdan Al Maktoum’s main hope here. Marcus Tregoning’s well-bred filly was keeping on in the closing stages at Lingfield 16 days ago and is open to considerable improvement on this second start. Damage Control brings solid handicap form into this maiden and is also considered, while Godolphin’s newcomer Sea Bay makes appeal on paper.
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