In what looks a competitive sprint for the grade the suggestion is MY STYLE, who shaped as though this stiff 6 furlongs will suit when placed in a big field at Newmarket on his handicap debut in September and made a satisfactory reappearance on the all-weather last month.
Second choice is Fashionesque, who scored in good style on her seasonal debut and also has low mileage. C&D winner Handytalk has headgear refitted today and also makes significant appeal.
It’s well worth giving another chance to FIRST PROPHET, whose Chesham effort came less than a week after his winning debut at Newbury.
At odds of only 7/2 at Ascot, a lot better was evidently expected of him. Lost In Space may provide a greater threat than the penalised Fountain Cross, but a number of the newcomers are interesting and need checking in the market.
Cirrus and MARIANCE found the Albany too hot at Royal Ascot last month, but both retain significant potential to build upon their promising debuts.
Preference is for Jonathan Portman’s filly who shaped very much as though today’s extra furlong will suit when fourth in a race that has worked out well at Lingfield.
That said, the Godolphin-owned newcomer Soft Whisper has a very good pedigree and could be anything.
Yarmouth debut winner With Promise is respected under a penalty on his comeback, while Ethics Approval looks a likely improver on his second start but there are also plenty of striking newcomers in the line-up.
The market should prove highly informative but at this stage the vote goes AMERICAN ENTENTE, who is a sister to a multiple 6 furlong/7 furlong Group 1 winner and represents a leading yard with a 27% strike-rate with three-year-olds here in recent years.
This is a tight call between the Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned pair Anjah and BAASHIR, who are very closely matched on the figures.
The former found improvement upped to 7 furlongs when runner-up on Polytrack on his return but preference is for Baashir, who produced a sustained run out wide when going close at Haydock on his debut last month and that form has been boosted.
The most interesting newcomers are Godolphin’s Desert Destination and Martyn Meade’s Sycamore.
Monsieur Lambrays, High Commissioner and Zuba are all unproven at the trip, whereas MOURIYANI (NAP) seems equally effective at all distances from 1m 4f to 2m.
He’s turned a corner since joining Tom Ward and the good times can continue. Dante’s View wouldn’t be out of it if benefiting from wind surgery and he’s second choice.
This is trappy. ARRIVISTE may be the answer as the form of her Chelmsford win reads better now and, considering her stout pedigree, she did well to win at all over 7 furlongs around there.
Woodhouse wasn’t seen to best effect on her handicap debut and she’s feared most, though it wouldn’t be a complete stunner should any of the eight win.
Bad Attitude looked good when scoring on the all-weather last time and should make his presence felt on this switch back to turf.
By Jove won on his handicap/seasonal debut at Windsor, but is unlikely to represent much in the way of value and a better option may be RARE GLAM who seemed to find 1m too short last time and is better judged on her previous second over this distance at Chelmsford.
On The Right Track and Vitesse Du Son are others to consider.
Having scored nicely on their last starts, Broad Appeal and Peace Prevails will have their supporters but they have higher marks to contend with, so a chance is taken on KIRKLAND FOREVER.
She is making her seasonal reappearance, but goes well fresh and represents a stable which has been among the winners.
Golden Wolf is in form and has to be respected, while Rudy Lewis, Millions Memories and C’Est No Mour also have fair claims in a competitive handicap.
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