One Small Step will prove difficult to beat if she improves for her excellent second at Newmarket on debut but it might be worth playing Aspiration each-way against the fav. Although a little disappointing on debut at Salisbury last year, it probably was a useful maiden for the track with the winner heading for the Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on her next start, and there were subsequent winners in and around Aspiration.
Aspiration looked quite clueless in that debut run, being slow to break and needing to be niggled early but staying on well under hands and heels riding. She should improve plenty for the experience gained and might be able to put it up to the favourite today.
Mister Snowdon makes plenty of appeal here on his first handicap start off a mark of 89. Well punted on debut at Wolverhampton over 6f, he recorded a really fast sectional that night and looked one to follow. He duly caused a little surprise here over this course and distance when beating the odds-on favourite Enemy in a Novice Stakes.
Enemy ran a cracker in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot on his next start when fourth off a mark of 89 to Khaloosy. The third, Additional, won his next start at Lingfield to really frank the form and it was in a decent time with Mister Snowdon again showing a blistering turn of foot.
He found Group 3 level in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot too much to handle but the likelihood is that the soft ground didn’t suit him at all. Based on the Yarmouth win, 89 would look to be a very fair opening mark and the fast ground will really help him display his turn of foot.
Real Estate can be counted an unlucky loser on his last two starts at Bath over five and a half furlongs. In both races he never got a clear run and the feeling is that he would have gone very close on both occasions if he had got out in the clear earlier.
He races off the same mark of 78 and must have an each-way shot at least. He was very progressive over the winter, winning three times on the all weather of marks of 65, 69 & 73. A mark of 78 is a career-high mark but the way Real Estate shaped on his last two starts, he is capable of winning a race from that mark.
Trainer Charlie McBride had a treble last week at Wovlerhampton and is four from eight with his runners in the last two weeks and Intimate Moment might be able to add to his total. She won on her second career start last year over this course and distance, winning really nicely despite being a 33/1 shot.
She finished midfield in the big sales race at Newmarket on her last start at two and shaped like she needed the run on her reappearance run at Newmarket. She has been dropped to a mark of 75 and the return to fast ground is a big plus. She looks a fair each-way bet at the prices.
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