A tricky maiden to open the card but a chance is taken on GOOD EARTH, who may come on for a promising return at Lingfield and ought to appreciate a return to turf here.
Shoot To Kill and Villain’s Voice have run to a similar standard to the selection and they both make the shortlist, while any money for Clive Cox’s well-bred newcomer is worth noting.
Top of the list is INDIAN SOUNDS (NAP), who is still unexposed at this trip and has a big chance if he can repeat the form of his close call off the same mark over 5 furlongs at Thirsk last Tuesday.
Recent 6-furlong Kempton winner Bernie’s Boy is feared most under a penalty on his switch back to turf, though Thegreyvtrain has form figures of 221322 in handicaps at this track and it would be no surprise if she made a bold bid on her seasonal return.
Several of these have shown a fair level of form already and GORDONSTOUN is the one that gets the nod. The son of Gleneagles gave the impression he would improve plenty for the experience first time out and his yard is in good form.
Hot Scoop might appreciate more patient tactics having tried to make his own running last time out.
There was enough to like about SPOOF‘s return to action at Kempton to suggest he’s capable of getting his head in front from this reduced mark.
Plenty of these have chances, notably the well-handicapped Boom The Groom who may have needed his latest start and Moonraker who should appreciate the drying ground.
The stiff mile here looks just the ticket for ESTABLISH, who finished strongly from off the pace over this same trip at Lingfield. That’s just about the best form on offer and entitles him to preference over Defence Girl.
The strength behind MOTAMAYIZ in the betting on his handicap debut suggests his top yard thinks he’s better than a mark in the low 60s and he’s worth another chance with blinkers on to hopefully sharpen him up (didn’t travel early on at Lingfield).
Andrew Balding’s Berkshire Philly is the obvious danger after her good reappearance second. Truffle Mac has the profile of one who could improve in handicaps and needs monitoring in the betting.
Al Daiha is a key player on some close calls during the winter, but she was disappointing on her return three weeks ago and has something to prove on this turf debut. Rakematiz looks interesting if he can run near his best after a break, while Il Sicario has finished placed over C&D on his seasonal return in the last two years and has each-way claims again.
However, the vote goes to six-time winner BAYSTON HILL, who is well treated off 2lb lower than for his last win and was a good third at Chelmsford when last seen in March.
Norab and Sinndarella look sure to go well after respectable recent efforts, but PERCY’S PRINCE is interesting for a yard that does well here.
He was in better form when last seen than his form figures may suggest and, when considering he stays so well, it’s surprising that he’s not tried a stiff turf track of this nature before now. Sinndarella is second choice.
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