KING’S CHARISMA showed much improved form to get off the mark on his reappearance at Redcar on Sunday, relishing the longer trip and doing well to come from behind, powering away having made his ground easily.
He must shoulder a 6lbs penalty for that win in what appears to be a stronger contest, but it was hard not to be impressed with the manner of his victory. With further improvement in the offing, he looks more than capable of following up.
FAMILLE ROSE produced a promising first effort considering she didn’t get the clearest paths through when beaten only a half-length at Leicester 20 days ago, finishing well after being switched to the rail over a furlong out.
She should come on plenty for that run, and with Roger Varian’s stable in fine fettle at present, she gets the vote to go one better.
BROUGHTONS GOLD arrives here in search of a hat-trick after improving significantly to run out a decisive winner on handicap debut at Newbury last month, looking well ahead of his mark in a competitive race.
He is a highly-progressive sort open to yet more improvement and a 7lbs rise may not be enough to curtail his progression.
AUTUMN FLIGHT was in a rich vein of form last autumn, winning twice in the space of a month, the latter of which was a ready three-and-a-half length victory at Hamilton in September.
He left the impression that he’d be better for the reappearance when fifth at Newmarket last month, and with the blinkers that served him so well last term refitted, he should be able to take advantage of this drop in grade.
A Dark Angel colt, whose dam was a winner at Group 3 level, SCOTS GOLD makes a fair bit of appeal on paper on his debut, not least because of Tom Dascombe’s good record with newcomers – particularly at this venue.
There are plenty of well-bred debutants in this field, but it may be worth chancing Dascombe’s charge without the benefit of market clues.
ZEZENIA showed plenty on debut when second at Newcastle in September, keeping one who’d already shown a useful level of form honest until the finish – and she returned with an even better effort to finish third at Newmarket last month.
She should strip fitter for than outing and is likely to produce a bold showing for the in-form Roger Varian yard.
DERDAS produced a couple of fairly useful efforts in France last year, including when second in a Chantilly maiden on his final appearance in November.
He has been gelded since that run, and a reproduction of either of his two career starts should be enough to see him get off the mark at the first time of asking for new trainer Owen Burrows.
ZIP signed off for 2019 with victory in a Catterick handicap, justifying market support for a first turf win, and though he was below form on his reappearance at this venue last month, he showed the benefit of that run when a good fourth at Thirsk a few days ago.
He can race from the same mark here, and though he is by no means ahead of it, his two career victories have come from just 1lb lower.
That’s why he gets the marginal vote ahead of Bertig, who is seeking to follow up his recent Doncaster success.
FINELY TUNED was progressive as a juvenile, with his fifth in a minor event at Wolverhampton on his final start of the season proving particularly strong form.
He was well backed up markedly in trip on his handicap debut at Kempton last month, but he didn’t really get the chance to show what he could after being caught further back than ideal when the pace quickened and then taken out when making good progress.
He was likely to have finished second at worst with a clear run and may be able to make amends here from the same mark.
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