Despite shouldering penalties for their recent victories, Astrophysics and David’s Beauty are lower than their future handicap marks and warrant respect. Groundworker’s fine C&D form makes him dangerous, but MONTALVAN has been knocking on the door off this mark lately and has been found what looks to be winnable opportunity.
A weak sprint handicap in which the only one of the runners with anything resembling a progressive profile is SHESADABBER, who could hardly have been found a better chance to follow up her recent C&D success. Popping Corks may be next best.
An interesting novice auction in which Forbidden Beauty sets the standard following her debut win at Ripon. However, she is not guaranteed to confirm the form with third-placed SPANISH HUSTLE and Karl Burke’s runner, who looks sure to come on for that first outing, may represent better value given his 7lb pull with the winner. Source Of Wealth, First Greyed and Chilli Leaves each shaped with promise on their debuts and give this contest plenty of depth.
Unless Written Broadcast and Challet can recapture some of their decent 2yo form, this may be fought out by Mediate More and ETERNAL BLUSH, who won two divisions of a 6f maiden at Thirsk last month. Preference is for David O’Meara’s filly, who clocked the faster time that day and looks a nice prospect.
Given their attractive handicap marks, Paddy Power and Mr Orange would be of plenty of interest if attracting market support. However, the vote goes to DANDYS GOLD, who has looked an improved performer since joining Roger Fell and almost certainly found 1m too far when second on the AW last time. The drop back to 6f and a 6lb lower mark on turf give her solid claims. Dark Defender, Galloway Hills and Ugo Gregory are others to consider, while Edgewood is interesting on his debut for Julie Camacho.
The consistent Caustic Love should go well again and Gulf Of Poets has possibilities but the most likely scenario is a shoot-out between the in-form Silver Dust and DAWAAWEEN (nap). James Bethell’s filly looks the stronger of the two as she bolted up over this C&D nine days ago and is 5lb well in even with her penalty.
Preference is for STAR SHIELD, who has got better with each of his three runs this season and his latest second in a Class 3 at Redcar can be marked up because he ran into some trouble behind a rival who got first run in that race. Recent Haydock runner-up Storm Ahead is feared most, though Rousayan finished just behind the selection at Redcar last week and he’s respected. Another to consider is Makthecat, who was not beaten far on his drop back to 1m at Pontefract and that form has been boosted since.
This can go to David O’Meara’s LE CHIFFRE, who found plenty of progress on his handicap/seasonal debut when surging clear at Beverley and is well treated under a penalty for that success. The pick of the opposition could be Got The T Shirt, who got back on track with a close fourth behind an improver at Thirsk 17 days ago and looks interesting on this step back up in trip.
Sociologist should be in the mix again, while Euro Implosion could make a bold bid and triple course winner Multellie needs checking in the market off a dangerous mark on his return to this track. However, the vote goes to Ben Haslam’s progressive filly NATALEENA, who is still lightly raced on turf and is only 2lb higher than for her brave win over 1m6f at Redcar 15 days ago.
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