LINE OF REASON looked to have plenty of life still in him when completing an encouraging reappearance at Beverley, awkward leaving the stalls but threatened briefly before his effort petered out suggesting he would come on for the run.
It’s worth taking a chance on him to defy his much-reduced mark for an in-form stable. Colonel Frank, who was an excellent second over 6 furlongs here a week ago, is well respected in opposition along with Grisons.
ADAAY DREAM looked useful when recording a clear-cut success on debut at Newcastle earlier this month, quickening up in good style and quickly putting space between him and his rivals. This will be tougher under a penalty, but he is worth chancing switched to turf for a yard among the winners.
Power On debuted in a strong race at Yarmouth and he should improve, a comment which also applies to Mark Johnston’s Sam Bellamy. Market support for any of the newcomers would also bring them into the reckoning.
BONNYRIGG showed up well on his recent debut over this course and distance, leaving the impression he would improve plenty for that experience, and is taken to strike at the second time of asking in what doesn’t look a strong race for the track.
The drop to 6 furlongs may help Majd Al Arab given the way he shaped on debut and he may provide the main threat, although a market move for Commonsensical would also bring him into the reckoning.
WEDDING DATE showed the benefit of a recent run when a fine second at Windsor last week, and has plenty going for her – essentially 8lbs lower here with the excellent Thore Hammer Hansen’s claim factored in. She could be hard to beat if in the same form.
Caspian Queen is a big player taking on the older horses after nearly pulling off an unlikely win at Goodwood. Second Collection is another to consider.
EVENING SUN stepped up on his debut form when runner-up over this course and distance in October and looks the one to beat. A tall colt, who has a smart pedigree, he is just the type to make up into a better three-year-old and couldn’t be in better hands.
Ejtilaab’s debut win hasn’t worked out, but he should have more to offer for his new yard, while Prince of Tides is worth a look dropping back significantly in trip for Charlie Fellowes having shaped better than the result at Haydock.
ISLE OF WOLVES proved better than ever after five months off when runner-up at Newbury a fortnight ago, proving his mark of 70 is certainly not beyond him. The booking of James Doyle catches the eye, and he is taken to go one place better able to race from the same mark.
Shaffire is most feared after finally shedding the maiden tag at Wolverhampton two weeks ago and running well at Windsor more recently, while Wimpole Hall isn’t discounted, either.
BODYLINE matched his best form despite not being seen to best effect in a big-field handicap at Royal Ascot last week, not getting the clearest of runs and faring best of the hold-up horses.
The return to calmer waters is an obvious plus and he is fancied to concede weight all round and come out on top. Billhilly scored under hands-and-heels riding at Lingfield and is feared most, ahead of Bondi Sands.
FOX VARDY was consistent as opposed to progressive as a three-year-old, but the pick of his form last year came when runner-up at this track in August and having been gelded, he could be worth chancing to make a winning return.
The low-mileage Shauyra could do better now tackling 1m and a half and is shortlisted also, while Natty Night is expected to give a good account of himself from the front.
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