The suggestion is DELPH CRESCENT, who is nicely treated and may be about to hit peak form.
Scofflaw and Mr Top Hat have possibilities for David Evans, while Redgrave is another well-handicapped runner to consider. Hat-trick seeker Motahassen has to overcome a career-high mark.
Royal Context, Wonderwork and Triple Spear all arrive in form and are respected, but there’s just a possibility BLAZING HOT has been let in lightly from an opening mark of 74.
He looked in control for a long way at Thirsk last time and this drop to 5 furlongs looks just what he needs at this stage.
Redrosezorro ran well in a better race than this on Tuesday and is of obvious interest off a 2lb lower mark. Madrinho, Lady Calcaria and The Golden Cue are also on the shortlist, while Lady Monica could go well at a price.
A tendency to be slowly away doesn’t help EY UP ITS MICK, but he absolutely tanked his way through a 1m event at Hamilton on Sunday before tiring late on and a strongly run 6 furlongs on slow ground could be the catalyst for a second career success.
Quite an interesting fillies’ novice. William Haggas has his team in very good form and GOLDEN MELODY, who showed up well for a long way in the Albany, is taken to score back down in class – perhaps at the expense of Mark Johnston’s Doncaster winner Dubai Fountain.
An opening mark of 72 could seriously underestimate TACITLY (NAP), who is by Dubawi and from a good Juddmonte family. With that pedigree she’s open to plenty of improvement this season and looks likely to do well in handicaps, starting with this one.
Second choice is Risk Taker, ahead of another unexposed type in Top Class Angel. It’s also hard to dismiss last-time-out scorer Cruising.
It didn’t take long for David O’Meara to get a good run out of SHELIR and this ex-Irish Listed winner is selected to strike at the third time of asking for his new trainer.
Alternative Fact has returned in fine form and is likely to give another good account of himself, while Barossa Red is also much respected having produced the two clear best efforts of his career over this C&D on soft/heavy.
Arabic Charm and Wondrous Words are well-bred newcomers from powerful Newmarket stables and they command respect, but FIRST KINGDOM won with some authority at Kempton last month and should be capable of defying a penalty.
Given this week’s rain a chance is taken on SACRED BELIEF. She showed just minor promise at Lingfield on last month’s debut, but the dam’s side of her pedigree suggests soft ground will suit and that could be a major plus.
Poet’s Lady ran well on soft ground last year and is therefore feared most, despite several of these probably possessing greater potential, including Jaaizah and Perfect Inch.
A field packed with unexposed and/or progressive three-year-olds and a case can be made for most of them. Top of the list is FIRST IMPRESSION, who won with something to spare at Redcar last month and also scored on soft ground last October.
Luigi Vampa didn’t handle the Dip at Newmarket last month yet still finished fifth in that warm race, and he is feared most. Arch Moon and Master The Stars head the remaining dangers.
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