Miss Jingles failed to meet market expectations after being sent off the shortest-priced newcomer on her debut at Newmarket earlier this month, just too keen to last home, but she could prove a different proposition now dropped back to the minimum trip. The application of a tongue strap could help to curb her greenness, and she is clearly thought capable of better.
Michael Mullineaux’s stable has been in good form since the resumption and Secretinthepark continued that trend, running a blinder when second on his reappearance at Newmarket last month, lasting out far better than the others up with the pace and only claimed by a fellow veteran who’d dropped plenty in the weights. He was a three-time winner last season and is likely to go close again here with a run now under his belt.
Geranium understandably saw his mark shoot up after landing back-to-back handicaps last summer, including over this course and distance, and though he looked rusty on his comeback run at Newmarket last month, he should strip fitter for the outing and is in with a big chance here having dropped back down in the weights.
Harlow ran as well as could be expected over a mile when runner-up at Yarmouth earlier this month, looking in need of further, so this step up in trip looks the way to go. He has been given a chance by the handicapper of late and could feature from a mark just 3 lb higher than last time.
Sea Trout Reach had run in a hot race on his second and final start as a two-year-old, and he made the most of a good opportunity to get off the mark on his reappearance at Windsor last month. He took a while to get on top but, given how strong he hit the line, he’s likely to step up again now tackling this longer trip, so boasts strong claims.
Fev Rover was arguably unlucky to bump into one as good as subsequent Rose Bowl winner Method when runner-up on her debut, and she duly showed improved form in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month, again finding just one too good as she picked up once switched. She is clearly well up to winning a race at this level and a reproduction of the form she showed last time will go a long way to see her doing just that.
Diocletian produced a big career best to snap his run of near misses in no uncertain terms when landing the odds at Chester on his final appearance of last season, and he wasn’t disgraced from 11 lb higher when beaten at Royal Ascot on his return last month, his effort just flattening out late on. This appeals as a much more suitable test, the step back in trip a positive move, and he looks worth siding with to regain the winning thread.
Craster showed plenty of ability without getting off the mark in novice events as a two-year-old and is entitled to come on for his recent appearance at Kempton, where he was returning from a 20-month absence. He is bred more for stamina than for speed, so this step up in trip should suit, and he is on a potentially handy mark based on his juvenile form.
Delicate Kiss struck at Kempton in February and should have come on for her Ascot return 10 days ago. She has been dropped 4 lb on the back of that and has not been out of the first three in five runs in handicaps at this venue, so she could be worth siding with if the price is right.
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