Roger Varian sends Belardie up from Newmarket and she could be a different proposition today compared to her Yarmouth debut, but having been well beaten that day it is hard to be confident.
Preference is for SOLDIERPOY, who was a promising second at Windsor on his first start. Lost My Sock has been third on both outings and is feared most, although the two newcomers H Bomb and Mayway should be monitored for market confidence.
This can go to SAMBUCCA SPIRIT, who justified support at Redcar last Sunday and still looks feasibly treated under a penalty for that comfortable breakthrough win.
Montalvan and Q Twenty Boy are feared most, though Rangefield Express perked up with a creditable third behind the selection eight days ago and could be in the thick of things if he can build on that.
Foreshore is strongly respected after his improved second on the drop to 6 furlongs at Doncaster 16 days ago, while there are several handicap newcomers who catch the eye including Rebel Soldier Boy, Hostelry and Felicia Blue.
However, the vote goes to BARBARELLA, who got back on track with a second behind a major improver at Newcastle on her seasonal return and should relish the conditions on this switch back to turf.
Spinatrix is one of numerous female sprinters that Michael Dods has done extremely well with, and her daughter TWIST OF HAY can make a winning handicap debut having finished third to subsequent Royal Ascot winner Art Power last time out.
There is also potential in the pedigree of Magical Moment, who is the main danger ahead of Spring Bloom.
A fiendishly difficult handicap. Mr Wagyu commands respect under his penalty and I Know How is feared after a good recent run at Newmarket.
But, Phillip Makin holds a strong hand with ALMURR and Jungle Inthebungle and the first named, who shaped well over this C&D last time and may prove well drawn in the highest stall, could have the edge. Others likely to be on the premises include Epeius and Mostahel.
The well-backed ALAMEERY ran well for a long way on his recent handicap debut at Ripon and this lightly raced four-year-old could well show the benefit of that reappearance run today.
Lucky Lodge finished ahead of the selection at Ripon and is respected, along with Swinging Eddie, but Carlovian may be the main danger following his encouraging Chelmsford run.
The most interesting contenders are Desert History and CURRENCY EXCHANGE who shaped with promise behind useful rivals on their debuts.
The former is respected after his fifth behind a subsequent winner over this trip, but preference is for the William Haggas-trained Currency Exchange, who did best of the hold-up performers over 6 furlongs at Haydock and has plenty of scope for progress on his step up in trip.
A newcomer to keep an eye on is Wor Willie, who is a half-brother to a fairly useful 1m two-year-old winner.
Although cases can be made for the likes of Kupa River, Start Time and Love Your Work, the finish may be fought out by Twin Appeal and PROUD ARCHI, who have shown a liking for this track and arrive here on the back of solid efforts last time.
Michael Dods’ gelding may just get the better of the argument after his good second over this C&D a week ago. Zip is another to consider.
The lightly raced four-year-old KIND REVIEW (NAP) has a progressive profile and can complete the hat-trick, having had something to spare at Pontefract last time.
The handicapper has given Defence Treaty a chance and he is feared most, while a few of these could improve for their recent reappearance outings, notably City Wanderer.
The mare CALLIOPE was going about her business very nicely over jumps during the winter and is interesting back at one of her winning venues on the Flat. Off a competitive mark she’s preferred to Liva.
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