Raajin attracted support and shaped well when finishing fourth in a minor event at Kempton on debut last season, and showed the benefit of that initial experience after eight months off when beaten half a length in second at Lingfield last time. He didn’t have many excuses on the day, but the winner has since come out and run creditably, and Raajin is a well-bred sort who may yet do better still.
This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type, and it will be disappointing if Raajin isn’t able to get his head in front.
Dream With Me cost 700,000 guineas as a yearling and shaped with plenty of promise on debut when fourth to subsequent Ribblesdale winner Frankly Darling at Newcastle last month. He seemed more clued up after that experience when finding only one rival too good at Doncaster last time, leading until two furlongs out and proving no match for the winner thereafter.
The new system put in place for this season means he can now go handicapping after two runs, and based on what we have seen on the track, plus his pedigree, an opening mark of 75 could well underestimate him. There are only five runners, but this looks a strong three-year-old handicap and Dream With Me could take a big step forward.
All eyes will be on Deftera Lad, who was a good winner last time out at Wolverhampton, and looks well treated under a 4 lb penalty. However, all of Deftera Lad’s wins have come on artificial surfaces, and it could be worth backing against him back on turf. Compass Point shaped well when runner-up at Chelmsford last time, just failed to get up on the line, and he is now 6lb below his last winning mark. He also hasn’t won on turf, but he finished second in a course and distance handicap in 2018, and makes each-way appeal with that in mind.
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