Digital showed plenty of ability on debut at Newcastle at the beginning of the month, going with zest but just unable to quicken approaching the final furlong, though he did stay on well for second in the final 100 yards. He is open to further improvement and a race of this nature should be well within his remit.
Not much to go on form wise here, and though She Do pulled a long way clear of the other two when second here 16 days ago, it may be worth siding with a newcomer to improve past her, and Richard Hannon’s Anghaam makes immediate appeal on that front. The Frankel filly looks the part on paper and is very much one to keep on the right side of, particularly should the market speak in her favour.
Double Up shaped well when fifth at Newmarket on his return earlier this month, a lack of fitness ultimately telling after a sweeping move around the field. He is on a long losing run, but is lurking on a dangerous mark, and with a run now under his belt, this could be his chance to regain the winning thread.
Ice Lord shaped encouragingly after seven months off when third at Newmarket at the start of the month, shuffled back soon after the start and unable to sustain his effort in a slowly-run race. Flying Puruit and Muscika both tend to go with zest early on, so the race should be nicely set up for a late charge from Ice Lord, and with that in mind, it is Chris Wall’s charge who gets the vote.
Some Nightmare showed very little on his three outings for Gordon Elliot, but having made the switch to John O’Shea’s yard, he showed definite signs of life when fourth on his handicap debut at Chepstow 15 days ago.
That may have only been barely modest form, but the third home has since gone in, and the way he kept on gradually left the impression that this step up to six furlongs should suit. He is open to improvement in this sphere and holds leading claims.
Tom Collins struggled to make a dent in much more competitive races than this since breaking his maiden at Newmarket in October, finishing down the field twice in Group 3 company and most recently in a Royal Ascot handicap.
The latter was a deep race however, so he shouldn’t be judged too harshly on that, and he may be able to take advantage of this return to calmer waters and get his career back on track.
Bred in the purple, by Galileo out of a multiple British/Irish Group 3 winning dam, Roberto Escobar made plenty of appeal on paper on his debut at Haydock earlier this month, and he very much caught the eye, unlucky not to finish closer after being denied a clear run from two furlongs out.
He is sure to have learnt plenty form that, and with the way he stayed on under a hands-and-heels ride after finally getting a gap, he looks well placed to open his account at the second time of asking.
A half-brother to several winners, Semser is bred to be useful, and hailing from Roger Varian’s powerful yard, he is certainly in the right hands to realise his potential. He shaped well on debut at Kempton 18 days ago, given a positive ride but leaving the firm impression that he’d have benefited from having even more use made of him.
With that in mind, this step up in trip should suit him nicely, and with improvement anticipated, this highly-promising type ought to make light work of this field.
Verify got off the mark comfortably at Windsor in September, and backed that up with a decent performance to finish fourth at Wolverhampton on his final appearance of the season in October. He shaped well on his return to action at Goodwood 16 days ago, going down only to one showing a willing attitude, but deserving credit for pulling clear with the winner and the third nonetheless.
He should strip fitter for that run, Oisin Murphy rides again and is expected to be bang there.
A typical type from Sir Mark Precott’s yard, Revolver showed much improved form to get off the mark on his handicap debut at Pontefract earlier this month, and turned out quickly, defied a penalty in the manner of a horse with yet more to come at Redcar nine days ago.
There are few shrewder than Prescott when it comes to finding good opportunities for his inmates, and again rapidly turned out under a penalty, Revolver looks to have every chance of completing a quick-fire hat-trick.
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