Savalas ran well at Doncaster last week and gets another chance before his revised mark kicks in.
He’s feared, along with the thriving Tabaahy, but there are grounds for thinking that MAGIC J (NAP) could rate a fair bit better than this grade in time and the drop back to 5 furlongs looks a good move.
Crime Of Passion, the first ride under rules for the trainer’s daughter, has been found a winnable race and a fairytale victory would be no surprise.
Pivotal Art moves into handicaps with very low mileage and needs a market check, while Sir Rodneyredblood will be dangerous if allowed to dictate from the inside stall.
Gossip is surely better than she showed on her reappearance, but the strong-travelling FUCHSIA might be the answer now she is returned to 6 furlongs.
Well-bred Godolphin colt Future Vision showed more than enough to suggest he’ll be winning soon when sixth at Newmarket last month, but a high standard is set by DARK LION. He moves up in trip after finishing fourth in the Coventry at Royal Ascot last month.
It’s hard to warm to many of these but DON’TYOUWANTMEBABY shaped with considerably more promise than her finishing position suggests on her handicap debut and she’s taken to get off the mark in a weak contest.
Dublin Rocker and Diamond Cottage have hinted at ability, while Where Next Jo wasn’t beaten far over C&D when last seen and is another to consider.
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Inevitably at this level there are queries about the current form of some of the runners, let alone the suitability of the trip, but LUCKY LODGE has nothing to prove over C&D and he looks more solid than most.
Manton Grange is respected but he is very lightly raced these days, whereas there are stamina queries about Steelriver and Zapper Cass.
Valley Belle only just lost out at Leicester on Tuesday and there were better signs from Laurentia at Kempton recently, but WRATH OF HECTOR is given another chance.
Things didn’t go entirely his way on his debut for this yard at Chelmsford, but perhaps cheekpieces will give him an edge and Oisin Murphy has a good record for this yard.
A competitive race. MR KODI appreciated the return to 7 furlongs when making all at Chelmsford two weeks ago and he gets the vote, although Knockacurra would be interesting if he could repeat the form of his second in a C&D seller in February. Miaella also has a good run in her.
Preference is for course specialist SEAFORTH, who scored with authority from off the pace here 11 days and is a major player again under a penalty on this step back up in trip.
The main danger could be False Id, who had an excuse back on turf last time and was only narrowly denied from a tough draw at this track on his penultimate run.
Fountain Of Life has claims if he gets a good pace to aim at, while another to consider is the Musee D’orsay, who could resume his progress on his second run since a break.
A clutch of promising types with limited experience. Hatheem took a good step forward from his debut when plugging on into third at Beverley and this extra distance looks sure to help.
Arabian Warrior is worth considering back on the all-weather, but LABEEBB made quite dramatic late headway on his Kempton debut and is another who should appreciate the extra stamina test.
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