Cairn Gorm was all the rage in the betting before making a winning debut in convincing style at Windsor last month, finding plenty. That may not have been a particularly deep race, but he is open to further improvement and looks capable of following up under a penalty.
The Circus is a well-bred filly, a half-sister to three winners, including juvenile winner Ideological, and she should come on plenty for her considerate introduction at Newmarket last month. She finished less than two lengths behind the winner on that occasion despite not being persevered with once held, and she could hardly be in better hands, with John Gosden’s two-year-olds going well this term. She is likely to improve with experience now under her belt and could prove the answer in a race full of potential improvers.
Whelans Way proved consistent last season after opening his campaign with an all-the-way victory at Ascot, and he arrives here on the back of a couple of creditable runs this season, notably when shaping a bit better than the result suggests when fourth at Windsor last month. The booking of James Doyle is an interesting one, and with Roger Teal’s runners going well at present, he is one to keep an eye on from a reduced mark.
Tom Collins failed to come on for his return when ninth in the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot on his penultimate start, but he shaped well returned to calmer waters when fourth at Doncaster recently, having a clear run at things in a messy race but still deserving credit for getting as close as he did, seeming well suited by the return to a mile. He is a good physical type with a pedigree to match and should have more to offer at this level.
Givinitsum proved too free when well beaten at Newmarket last month but has hinted at promise on his two other runs this season, including when getting back on track from a falling mark at Kempton last week. He looks well treated if able to build on that fourth-placed finish, and could be worth siding with in a wide-open affair.
Bred in the purple, Nova Roma very much caught the eye with his progress from the back in a steadily-run race at Kempton on his debut in October, and he duly confirmed that promise to make a winning three-year-old return at Windsor last month, relishing the step up to 10 furlongs and still leaving the impression that he’ll learn more from the run.
He is open to further improvement and looks yet another useful prospect for the John Gosden yard, so shouldn’t have too many problems defying a penalty here.
Darian arrives here with a big price tag on his head, bought for 3,500,000 guineas as a yearling, and the brother of Too Darn Hot is expected to make quite an impression on his debut.
From a top family, and also in the excellent hands of John Gosden, he is certainly a newcomer to note, though Annie de Vega and Alpin King both showed plenty of promise on their respective debuts and could pose a serious threat if the selection isn’t fully tuned up.
Sorrel was in the frame on both starts over seven furlongs last year and shaped encouragingly after eight months off when showing improved form to finish third at Goodwood on her handicap debut last month. That form has been boosted by the first two home winning since, and considering she wasn’t seen to best effect that day, caught further back than ideal in a tactical race, she should have plenty more to offer here, particularly back against her own sex.
A dual winner on the all-weather, Totolight resumed after five months off with an encouraging fourth in a Goodwood handicap last month, shaping better than the distance beaten suggests. Nicky Henderson’s charge was going strongly for a long way, and the form of that race is working out well, so he makes the most appeal in this card closer, with the booking of Ryan Moore only adding to his allure.
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