Sameem has to carry top weight here in this ten-furlong handicap but a mark of 94 is not beyond this course and distance winner. When he was winning here last season, he did so easily off a mark of 90 and actually followed that with a win at Listed level at Hamilton before finding Group 3 level beyond him. On his reappearance at Haydock he shaped like the run was needed and this doesn’t look as competitive an event either. It is possible that he could get an easy time in front here and if that proves to be the case, he could take quite a bit of catching.
This six-furlong fillies novice auction has been won by Richard Spencer the past two seasons and he would appear to have every chance of making it a hat trick with Ocean Eyes. She ran a cracker on debut at Newmarket over six furlongs when she didn’t get the clearest of runs and was still only beaten a length and a half by Setarhe and she was well clear of the fourth. Setarhe didn’t let the form down when second in the Albany at Royal Ascot and with John Gosden’s The Circus in opposition here, we can get a fair price about Ocean Eyes landing the hat trick for connections.
This looks a really competitive ten-furlong handicap but I think that the galloping track at Newbury will suit Sorrel more than Goodwood did last time and he can get off the mark at the third attempt. He ran well in two seven-furlong maidens last season and wasn’t disgraced on handicap debut at Goodwood when beaten two lengths by Tulip Fields and only half a length behind Grand Bazaar. Tulip Fields and Grand Bazaar have both won since that Goodwood run and while Sorrel has gone up 4lbs for that effort, I think the longer straight at Newbury will really suit him as he shapes like a mile and a half will really suit him in time.
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