YURI GAGARIN landed the odds having made his debut late as a three-year-old and quickened up smartly to remain unbeaten at Kempton last month.
There was a lot to like about the style of his victory on the latter occasion, and it is hard to know just how good he is ahead of his handicap/turf debut. However, he looks worth siding with to maintain his unbeaten record.
NASH NASHA arrives here with a hefty price tag on her head, bought for €1,000,000 as a foal. However, she also arrives, as you would expect, with a striking pedigree – by Dubawi and out of a 1000 Guineas winner.
She is also the chosen mount of James Doyle from the Charlie Appleby trio and is taken to make a winning start.
DECLARING LOVE shaped very well under considerate handling when keeping on for third on debut at this venue in May 2019, and though she hasn’t been seen on the course since then, that race has worked out really well.
She holds an Irish Oaks entry, so is clearly well thought of and may be worth chancing to make a winning return to action.
ESTABLISH shaped well when an unlucky third at Lingfield on his reappearance last month and then got the job done at Bath on just his second start in handicaps.
He was made to work harder than the market anticipated he would be on the latter occasion, but things hardly went perfectly for him and he deserves extra credit for getting himself out of trouble.
He may do better still, looking the sort to thrive in good-quality handicaps, and his strong-travelling style gives him a good chance of going in again here.
INDIE ANGEL put her experience to good use when showing improved form to get off the mark at Chelmsford on her final appearance of last season. She also ran an excellent first race on turf when second in a Doncaster handicap last week, proving herself to be on a handy mark.
She remains open to further progress and, on the evidence of her latest effort, is the one to beat here from the same mark.
SEVENTH KINGDOM is bred to be at least useful and looked a good proposition when overcoming inexperience to make a winning debut over this trip at Doncaster last month, creating a very good impression as he got the hang of things late on.
He should make considerable progress from that impressive first outing and he gets the vote to take this step up in class in his stride, though there are plenty in this race with the potential for marked improvement.
GOLDEN HORDE came up agonisingly short on a couple of occasions at the highest level last season, but he took his form to a new level when landing the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on his reappearance last month, the timefigure suggesting that effort was a clear career best for Clive Cox’s charge.
He still retains the potential for better still, and given this race is likely to really suit his style, he is difficult to oppose as he bids for back-to-back Group 1 victories.
MUTAMAASIK proved himself a highly progressive gelding last season, pulling it out of the fire to bring up the four-timer in September.
He arguably shaped like the best horse in the race when having his winning run ended in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot last month, doing all he could do and more to win his own race down the centre, but ultimately falling foul to the track bias.
With the draw less of an issue here, he is taken to reverse the form with fellow Al Maktoum-owned Motakhayyel and quickly return to winning ways.
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