RANIA hinted at ability when seventh on debut at Chepstow last month, a race that has since worked out well, and she showed much improved form to get off the mark at the second attempt at the same venue earlier this month.
That is the best form on offer here and she is expected to go well once again.
SECOND COLLECTION was unlucky not to win having a first ever start over the minimum trip at this venue recently, forced to delay her effort as she tried to come from much further back than the pair she spilt.
She was a dual-winner over this course and distance last year and is now just 1lb higher than the mark from which the last of those two wins came, so she certainly looks one to keep onside this time around.
I’M DIGBY returned to form having been dropped 6lb when runner-up at Kempton last week, looking suited by the step up to a mile.
He goes off the same mark here and showed promise on turf last year, so should go well for a trainer/jockey combination who won this race back in 2016.
SUN BEAR is bred to be smart, by Dubawi and out of Irish Oaks winner Great Heavens, and she showed plenty of ability on debut at Nottingham in November, keeping on well for second under a hands and heels ride.
Unfortunately, the John Gosden-trained filly failed to build on that run on her reappearance last month, arguably asked to do a bit much early on as she faded into eighth at Kempton.
She is stepped back in trip here though and is surely worth another chance given her pedigree and connections.
KETTLE HILL was clearly William Haggas’s second string behind the subsequent winner Lawahed when making his debut at Newmarket last month. He was given a considerate introduction to his career, steadied at the start and never really involved.
That race has since worked out well and Kettle Hill could hardly be in better hands going forward, so expect plenty of improvement from the son of Gleneagles with an outing now under his belt.
DASCHAS won this race last year and signed off for 2019 with another win at Yarmouth, producing a career-best performance to stay on under pressure in the final 100 yards.
He shaped as if in need of the run when seventh at Newmarket on his reappearance, but it has traditionally taken him an outing or two to reach his peak, so expect a big effort with is reappearance run behind him.
HOLD FAST made the most of her relative experience to open her account on her reappearance at Kempton last month, staying on to lead entering the final half-furlong and ultimately winning a shade cosily.
The Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot proved a step too far for her last time, but she is returned to calmer waters here and this opening mark could prove a lenient one.
CHAI YO POWER made some appeal on paper ahead of his debut at Lingfield last month, but it was apparent from the off that he was in need of experience.
Although he did shape very well once getting the hang of things in the straight, nearest at the finish to claim third behind a pair who’d had the benefit of a previous run.
Improvement is undoubtedly on the cards and he must feature high on the shortlist.
CARIBENO showed much improved form when hitting the frame on his handicap debut at Chepstow earlier this month and, after just six days off, showed further progress to get off the mark in convincing fashion at Catterick.
He looks miles ahead of his mark, and considering he is still rough around the edges, remains open to further improvement, so will take plenty of stopping as he bids to follow up under a penalty.
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