This should concern BLAZING HOT and Musicality. With it surprising to see the latter dropped to 5 furlongs, preference is for James Tate’s colt who was probably unlucky not to have gone close in a Haydock handicap over this far two weeks ago.
A chance is taken on CHAMPAGNE BOB, for whom the return to 7 furlongs looks a bonus after he got outpaced at 6 furlongs last time.
Farewell Kiss is feared most, for all that she has stamina to prove, while Oasis Song, Creek Harbour and Lippy Lady are others for the shortlist
This handicap can go to RAATEA (NAP), who on a different day would have won at Newmarket last time and looks an improved performer since being gelded.
King Ragnar has gone up 4lb for his two solid efforts in defeat this season but is still the most likely threat. Although Sermon will surely win sooner or later, and the well-related Kinsman can go on to better things.
Pretty Pickle is unlikely to remain a maiden for long, but she has her work cut out to cope with NAVAL COMMANDER, who wasn’t beaten far behind some class acts in a conditions event at Kempton in March.
Tiritomba outran her odds of 100/1 at Royal Ascot and has obvious claims off the same mark, while Kingman colt Gift Of Kings could be interesting on his handicap debut.
CLOUD DRIFT appeals most, however, with a visor now applied after a slow start perhaps cost him the race at Doncaster recently.
Recent C&D winner Liam’s Lass has more on her plate this time and could find the penalty too much of an obstacle. Blairlogie and Bad Company are three-year-olds of some interest, but so is PETTINGER and she’s preferred.
Her stable debut at Wolverhampton was promising and the hood was left off when she fell short of that level last time. Back at 1m she may be able to gain a first success.
BRISTOL MISSILE is on a dangerous mark if the cheekpieces work the oracle, while Compass Point went close here ten days ago and a big run from Liam’s Lass in the previous race today would bode well for his fortunes.
Moving Light, a close relation of Dubai World Cup winner Prince Bishop, is an interesting newcomer but he’s up against two pretty useful rivals in La Dragontea and THIBAAN.
The former is favoured according to the ratings, but Sir Michael Stoute’s colt may be open to the greater progress and therefore still have a good opportunity to break his duck.
This looks warm for the grade, with in-form contenders such as Sunshineandbubbles and Lady Of York tackling some well-treated rivals in Temur Khan, Lyrica’s Lion and Flower Power.
That said, PETIT BAY won well over 1m 2f here last time and this longer trip could bring about another improved display.
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