This looks a good opportunity for VEDUTE to strike at the third time of asking. He ran well in a warm race on debut and then went through a 6f Haydock contest like the best horse in the race before succumbing late on. This drop back to 5f can see him get the job done. Identified will be a danger if breaking on terms, while there’s also more to come from Burning Cash.
Much depends on the ground and if it was to get very testing, the well-handicapped Dave Dexter would command plenty of respect despite his unappealing form figures. This is a big drop in class for Cowboy Soldier and he is feared but JAMES WATT threatened better when fourth at Doncaster last time and he may prove the answer on just his third start for his new yard.
The one that appeals most is Roger Varian’s MOTTRIB, who made a bright start when scoring at Newbury last June and did well to finish third at Leicester later that month after his saddle slipped. He returns from over a year off but he sets the standard at the weights and is open to progress on this drop back in trip. The main dangers are Amathus, who left his initial form well behind when scoring at Windsor last month, and Beauty Choice, who looks interesting back in a novice on his switch to sprinting.
Le Reveur was runner-up over 7f at Kempton on his penultimate run and is a key player if new headgear works on this switch to turf. Grace Note could make a bold bid on her second run for Ralph Beckett, while Clog Na Fola has claims if she can build on her strong-finishing third over C&D last Friday. However, the vote goes to BLAIRLOGIE, who was unlucky to run into a major improver when a clear second at Leicester last week and is well treated off the same mark here on his drop back in trip.
Sir Roderic ought to give another good account despite his recent win not working out. Double Up is capable but not one to rely on and perhaps MADAME TANTZY will prove the answer. Her latest third at Newbury can be marked up and she ought to have races in her at this level.
More negatives than positives surrounding most of these. Rotherwick should be well up to making an impact at this level but he’s on a losing run. Ragstone View has no history of going well fresh so the pair to focus on could be Song Of The Isles and KYLLACHYS TALE. Should the ground turn, the selection’s proven ability on a slow surface gets her the nod.
Preference is for LADY ELYSIA (nap), who surged clear at Leicester last week and is well treated under a penalty in her bid to make it 2-3 for her new yard. Embrace The Moment won in good style at Pontefract on her return from lockdown and she’s feared most, though another last-time-out winner Tronada is respected on her switch back to turf. Champagne Terri has each-way claims, while the other one on the shortlist is Sulochana, who is a possible improver at this new trip on her handicap debut.
The most interesting contender is Sir Mark Prescott’s CARIBENO, who is out of a 1m4f Group 3 winner and could really click into gear now switched to this much stiffer stamina test on his handicap debut. Camouflaged and Russian Rumour look the pick of the opposition, though Evaporust won the battle for second behind a major improver at Yarmouth last time and has each-way claims again on his drop back in trip.
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