Jumierah Challenge displayed more promise than the bare form suggests on his debut, but preference is for MY BEST FRIEND. He ran well for a long way over 7 furlongs on his recent debut and has obvious potential to build on that performance over today’s shorter trip.
Mecca’s Hot Steps is well handicapped on a piece of slow-ground form from last summer and ran well in defeat when second from a tough draw at Beverley on Tuesday. She ought to be a very tough nut to crack here but slight preference is for LARA SILVIA.
Iain Jardine’s filly finished just behind Ballyare when fourth on her recent seasonal debut at Newcastle but may not face much competition for the early lead here if connections plan to revert to the front-running tactics that saw her win two nurseries on good to soft ground in September.
Ballyare is also considered, but he may need a strong pace to be seen to best effect.
A small field but a race full of interest nonetheless. Abate finished ahead of Van Gerwen at Thirsk 12 days ago, but the slower the ground the better for the latter and he’s a big player.
Stablemate MILITIA may be the answer, however, having caught the eye with the way he went through his race at Newcastle 24 days ago. There could be more to come from Quanah back on a slower surface too.
Al Khabeer was beaten by a William Haggas-trained horse at Beverley and it might well happen again should KING FAIRY make the anticipated progress from his promising debut at Newbury. Lola Showgirl is another to consider.
There should be a big run in VIVE LA DIFFERENCE (NAP), who likes it here and his Beverley effort recently was full of positives. My Ukulele could be the danger if coming on for her Haydock run, while Al Ozzdi also warrants a second look.
Betty Grable won well over 1m 2f at Ripon last week and she’s greatly respected despite a 5lb rise in the weights. There wasn’t much between Smeaton and DREAMSELLER at Thirsk 12 days ago and that may be the key piece of form in this race.
Tim Easterby’s four-year-old has a progressive profile at this level and may be able to confirm the placings.
Howzer Black is not weighted out of this despite going back up 5lb for his Haydock win where he seemed suited by the 1m 2f trip.
He can go well again, but DARK JEDI hinted at retaining ability for his new yard at Pontefract and he is very interesting at this longer trip on anything like his two-year-old form. Mulligatawny is also respected.
It’s highly likely that Justified has a bigger effort in him at some point and he’s respected dropped into a Class 6. Queen Of Camelot is one of two interesting contenders for Jedd O’Keeffe, but it’s her stablemate BRASINGAMANBELLAMY who gets the nod.
He was just behind Roddy Ransom at Beverley on his reappearance but can reverse those placings now his stamina is being more fully tested.
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