Andronicus Beau was a respectable seventh in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, but will be vulnerable here if bumping into anything useful.
Line Of Departure was a promising third over C&D on debut and can build on that today, but preference is for the well-bred newcomer MAYAAS – whose pedigree provides optimism he will handle soft ground.
Magical Journey is of significant interest if judged on her second in a soft ground Listed event in November. Also, her reappearance run on Tapeta last month was arguably better than the bare form suggests, given she paid a price for attempting to chase down the exciting winner.
However, BUNGEE JUMP comes here at the top of her game and could be a tough nut to crack in her current mood. Never In Paris ran quite well over 5 furlongs here on her seasonal debut and is next on the list.
This week’s rain has been a big plus for SNAZZY JAZZY and on recent form he’s the one to beat.
Sands Of Mali was a Group 1 winner in 2018 and may be able to build on his recent Royal Ascot run, but the main danger to the selection could be Bielsa who showed serious promise last season and is much better than he showed in the Wokingham.
This is very competitive. The suggestion is NUITS ST GEORGES, who has a strikingly progressive profile if forgiven his no-show in October’s Cesarewitch and looks to have got off lightly with a 3lb rise for beating a well-treated opponent at Sandown.
Jackamundo is second choice on the strength of his good run in an ultra-competitive handicap over this far on soft ground at York last backend.
The Mark Johnston-trained SUBJECTIVIST was an eye-catching third in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot, having been caught wide, and he can emulate his close relation Sir Ron Priestley who won this for the Johnston yard last season before going on to finish second in the St Leger.
Favorite Moon is bred to stay well and is feared most for William Haggas, while Harmonious and Duke Of Condicote ran really well in the same race here last month and are others to consider.
Ralph Beckett saddles three classy fillies, with Antonia De Vega and MANUELA DE VEGA holding leading form claims. A neck and a head separated the pair in a German Group 1 last November and Manuela De Vega, who won a C&D Group 3 on her reappearance, is taken to remain ahead of her stablemate.
The sole three-year-old Cabaletta should appreciate today’s step up in trip and is an interesting candidate on just her third start.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained LAAFY (NAP) bolted up on his reappearance at Newbury (1m 4f, good), his first run since being gelded, and he won on heavy ground last season
He is the selection ahead of Ranch Hand for whom this week’s rain has been a big plus. There are numerous dangers, however, notably Le Don De Vie and Babbo’s Boy, while Hochfeld is no forlorn hope at big odds.
Newmarket two weeks ago – when the even-money favourite – was pretty much a write-off for Riviera Nights but whether he will excel on this soft ground is debatable.
Preference is for GREENSIDE, who is hardly your typical nine-year-old with such low mileage on the clock and that’s especially true at this trip, with only two attempts both highly respectable in cast-iron handicaps at Ascot. Lincoln Park can also have his say.
Zim Baby impressed from the front at Thirsk last week, but her form over this far doesn’t read so well.
There could be a big run in INTERNATIONALANGEL, who shaped fine at Pontefract and she’s bred to be better than her mark. Maurice Dancer is feared most.
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