The market should prove highly informative but at this stage the vote goes to Mark Johnston’s ZOOKEEPER, who holds a Derby entry and is out of a Brazilian 1m Group 1 juvenile winner.
Chindit and Alablaq are feared most, though Rhoscolyn also makes quite a bit of appeal on paper and he should be suited by this trip.
Godolphin’s Last Light has plenty of stamina in his pedigree, but his yard has a 23% record with two-year-olds here in recent years and he’s another to keep a close eye on.
Capla Berry cannot be opposed with any confidence after winning easily on her handicap debut at Yarmouth, but today’s race looks stronger and ASWAAT also makes significant appeal.
John Gosden’s filly displayed more than enough ability to suggest her opening handicap mark will be within her compass when third under a very positive ride in a Lingfield maiden last month.
Ikebana had to settle for fifth on her handicap debut at Yarmouth, but the ground was firm there and her two-year-old form offers hope she can do better on this forecast slower surface.
A fascinating race involving lots of unexposed types who are open to more progress. Jumaira Bay could make a bold bid back at 7 furlongs in his second handicap, while the same comment applies to Society Lion.
Recent Ayr winner Mischief Star could be a big factor again, while handicap newcomers Newbolt and Tiger Crusade are also respected.
However, the vote goes to TOMMY DE VITO, who caught the eye with his strong finish over 6 furlongs at Leicester on his recent handicap debut and he did clear best of the hold-up performers in that race.
An open race in which the vote goes to FREE LOVE, who was a creditable third behind a major improver over C&D on her seasonal return last Friday and is well treated if she can build on that.
Second choice is Rose Hip, who has won four of her six handicaps and could resume her progress on this second run back from a break.
Seen The Lyte is another key player after her good second at Hamilton 11 days ago, while Our Little Pony could have a big part to play if this sets up for her closing style.
Both Arecibo and A Momentofmadness come firmly into the reckoning in a good handicap, but the one to beat looks to be COUNT D’ORSAY (NAP).
He did very well for Tim Easterby last year and his reappearance at Newmarket was full of promise. A subsequent disappointment over 6 furlongs at Royal Ascot doesn’t take much forgiving and he looks to have plenty to recommend him.
Brian Ellison’s unexposed four-year-old Ghadbbaan has plenty of scope to build upon his recent Leicester third but this can go to ZEPHYRINA, who won on good to soft ground on the straight track at Chepstow last year and made a very encouraging seasonal debut in a race not run to suit at Pontefract last month.
Mountain Rescue hinted at a possible return to form on his latest outing and is next on the list, while Bollihope might appear late on the scene and is a more speculative option to consider.
Alan King’s filly INCHICORE made a promising debut when fourth over 1m 2f at Newbury 24 days ago and she has to be respected.
Duck And Vanish improved for the step up to 1m 4f when going close at Lingfield on his seasonal debut and should also be involved.
Cases can be made for plenty of these, but the suggestion is STONIFIC. He won over hurdles on his last visit here and not a lot was in his favour at Haydock ten days ago.
This is way more suitable, back in a bigger field on softer ground. The concern with Edmond Dantes is whether he’s best fresh, but he did win very well at Newbury.
He’s the second choice, ahead of Power Of States.
Sports Reporter ran his best race so far when a close third on Tuesday and he’s capable of better, while Wilfy also warrants a second look.
The return of headgear, drop in grade and prospect of slower ground all should be in ORDER OF ST JOHN‘s favour though, and he’s taken to break his duck.
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