JADOOMI shaped well amidst greenness when third on his debut at Haydock last month, ultimately beaten just a length-and-three-quarters behind Devious Company, who advertised the strength of that form when filling the runner-up on his next start in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket.
Jadoomi sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings and, with further improvement on the cards, this looks a good opportunity for him to open his account at the second time of asking.
MATTHEW FLINDERS and Brentford Hope look the pair to focus on in a fascinating heat, with marginal preference for the former. He was value for extra when opening his account at Doncaster three weeks ago, just needing to be kept up to his work to win comfortably by two lengths.
Already useful, he still has the scope for significant improvement and is very much one to keep onside for Ed Walker – who has his team in excellent heart at present (73% of horses running to form).
SPRIGHT may have been the outsider of the whole field, but that didn’t stop her going close on her debut at Doncaster recently – ultimately going down by just half a length after attempting to make all.
That form is the best on offer in this line-up, and she looks to hold obvious claims if running to the same level in a race where most of her rivals are low on potential.
BOCCACCIO showed a good attitude to make a successful handicap debut at Newmarket last month, digging deep to come out on top in a messy race.
Now unbeaten in three starts, he is likely to have even more to offer under the right conditions and should be able to take this step up in grade in his stride, representing the Charlie Appleby yard that has been operating at a 28% strike rate in July.
COPPER KNIGHT ran right up to his best when second on his reappearance at Newmarket, looking the likeliest winner for most of the way before being collared close home.
He has shaped as if still in good form in two subsequent starts, and the balance of his form suggests a BHA mark of 103 isn’t beyond him as he attempts to record his fifth career win over this C&D.
BREATHTAKING LOOK produced a career best when second on her return in the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket, keeping on well to be beaten just a length behind Oxted.
That rival gave the form a boost when following up in the July Cup, and Breathtaking Look should take plenty of stopping if running to the same level here, with this representing a much easier task than when down the field in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last time.
STRAIT OF HORMUZ took a step forward after nine months off to make a successful handicap debut at Haydock recently, staying on strongly to get on top close home.
That form sets the standard here on weight-adjusted ratings – even with a 6lb higher mark taken into account – and it’s still early days with the Jedd O’Keeffe yard (previously trained by Andrew Balding), so he may yet prove capable of better still.
NORTHERNPOWERHOUSE looked the type to benefit from a gelding operation and duly proved better than ever when making a winning return at Redcar last month. He may yet have more to offer, so is taken to defy a small rise.
Triple Distilled scored over C&D twice last season and represents an in-form yard, so he’s also considered along with Arbalet, who had excuses at Newmarket.
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