Crown Princess was completely unfancied but still shaped encouragingly nonetheless at Beverley on debut last month, doing best of the three that made the running in the race. She clearly knew her job on that occasion, but still left the impression that she would come forward from it, and she shades the vote over Stay Smart, who is back down in class but has a penalty.
Little solid form to go on, with a chance taken on Secret Identity in the hope that blinkers see her pull out a bit more. She is just a modest maiden, but this isn’t a strong race, and she looks the one to beat on the balance of her form. It’s Not My Fault will be a threat if recapturing the form she showed at Wolverhampton on her penultimate start, while Michael Bell perseveres with Farewell Kiss and it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any confidence behind her in the market down in trip on her return.
Prissy Missy responded well to this headgear when third off this mark at Hamilton last week, never far away and having every chance. That was arguably a career best and makes the most appeal granted the cheekpieces have the same effect, ahead of Champagne Bob, who wasn’t disgraced at Chepstow on his belated return/debut for this yard nine days ago. Loulin is another to consider.
Our Dave won a seller over this course and distance last year, and ran his best race to date when third at Thirsk 10 days ago. He gets to race from a 2 lb lower mark now, and will have solid claims if in the same form. Inductive will be thereabouts if able to reproduce his 2020 all-weather form back on turf, while Susie Javea made a decent reappearance at Thirsk and is also respected.
House Deposit confirmed the promise of his reappearance and was comfortably on top when scoring at Haydock recently. He has been successful off a mark of 66 in the past, so remains competitively handicapped on his old form, so it might be that a 5 lb penalty isn’t enough to stop him going in again. Christmas Night warrants respect on the back of a good second at Thirsk and Kaafy should go well under a positive ride.
This looks a weak handicap, but Calevade made a promising return to action when fourth over a mile and a half at Pontefract 17 days ago, particularly as he is more at home when the emphasis is more on stamina. The step up to two miles now will be in his favour, and with that run under his belt, he could be the answer. Affair and Jetstream head the opposition.
Ray’s The One took a step forward stepped markedly up in tri when behind Sly Minx at Beverley last month, but he has further scope for improvement and, under a more positive ride, is fancied to turn the tables in what doesn’t look a strong race. Cheshire was finishing strongly when third at Doncaster recently so, if able to gather momentum early enough, she’s also capable of taking a hand.
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A modest bunch to say the least, but Sea Sister has attracted support on more than one occasion, has returned with a brace of runner-up efforts on the all-weather, and in the hope she can translate that form to turf, is the one to beat for a yard that are among the winners. Good Old Winnie, Roman’s Empress and Oliver’s Betty have something to recommend them.
Lady Shanawell caught the eye finishing strongly at Pontefract 17 days ago, easily running her best race to date, and is clearly more than capable of winning races at this level. Boulevard Beauty improved at Redcar recently and could do better again, while similar comments apply to Ismail Mohammed’s Volcano Bay. Feebi is another to bear in mind with her reappearance under her belt.
- 12:15 – CROWN PRINCESS
- 12:45 – SECRET IDENTITY
- 13:20 – PRISSY MISSY
- 13:50 – OUR DAVE
- 14:20 – HOUSE DEPOSIT
- 14:50 – CALEVADE
- 15:20 – RAY’S THE ONE
- 15:50 – SEA SISTER
- 16:25 – LADY SHANAWELL
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