This looks a good opportunity for TWILIGHT HEIR, who showed plenty of speed when only just caught in a Fairyhouse maiden last month on his first run for powerful new connections. Anjella could be the pick of the other runners with experience, while a newcomer to keep an eye on is the well-bred Dark Alibi, who represents a yard with a 17% record with 2yos this summer.
Plenty have possibilities but it might be worth sticking with BAY WATCH, who resumed his progress when scoring over C&D on his seasonal return last week. He may be able to strike again off his revised mark to make it five wins from seven starts for his current yard.
Coronation Cottage and Nibras Again are feared most, though Crime Of Passion is respected after her close call here last Friday and Storm Melody has claims if he can take another step back in the right direction.
It’s hard to find a strong option in this weak race. Five-time course winner Captain Ryan needs watching in the market on his seasonal return, while Dreamboat Annie is interesting on her second here two runs back and she never really got the breaks in another 5f handicap at this track last week.
However, the vote goes to BOOROWA, who should get a good tow into the race on her return to sprinting and is a big player if she can recapture the form of her close call over 7f at Kempton in March.
Top of the list is Archie Watson’s SILENT AGENDA, who has really kicked on in blinkers in her last two starts and had quite a bit in hand when scoring under a positive ride over 6f at Ripon ten days ago.
Second choice is Clive Cox’s Veleta, who was a good third from a tough draw at Wolverhampton on her seasonal return and that form has been boosted by the runner-up since.
Others on the shortlist are Pink Flamingo, who could be dangerous back up in trip, and Zulu Girl, who looks interesting on her return to sprinting.
The most solid contenders are Shoot To Kill and VANDAD (nap). The former put in a dominant display here three weeks ago and is respected off his revised mark back in a handicap, but preference is for Vandad, who resumed his progress after lockdown when only just caught by a rival who was completing a hat-trick in a 6f Chelmsford handicap.
Godolphin’s City Walk is still unexposed and takes a big drop back in grade but his form has gone the wrong way in two runs this season and he has something to prove.
A trappy handicap and with no confirmed front-runner, it’s likely to be a tactical one. Marginal preference is for HAMMY END, whose latest second at Chepstow can be upgraded a touch. Singing The Blues is feared most, ahead of the red-hot Songkran.
Preference is for ANNO MAXIMO, who took a good step forward upped to 1m2f when a close fourth on his handicap/seasonal debut at Leicester and is a major player if he can find some more progress with a visor added.
Costello is a big danger if he can build on his keeping-on fourth in a similar race 23 days ago, while Lafontaine ended last year with a win and second on AW and looks interesting if she can pick up where she left off at this new trip.
Earthly ended a long losing run when swooping late over 2m1f here 23 days ago but HIDDEN DEPTHS travelled smoothly for a long way before finishing a close third in that race and he may be able to turn the tables and come out on top on this drop back in trip.
Star Of Athena has possibilities off a dangerous mark on her step back up to 1m6f, while others to consider are Homing Star, who didn’t get much luck here last Friday, and Searching, who scored over hurdles last week.
The Racing Post’s tips for Bath today
- Our runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s Irish Oaks
- Paul Jacobs has your Lucky 15 for the weekend’s racing action
- Brendan Duke’s awesome foursome at the Curragh on Saturday
- Our 4 to score at the Curragh on Saturday