There are a few interesting, unexposed types in here but Boss Power gets the verdict on his handicap debut having caught the eye at Doncaster last time. Boss Power has yet to make a significant impact but he shaped with plenty of encouragement when stepped up to a mile and a quarter last time, finishing with running left in the style of a horse who is open to further improvement. An opening mark of 71 could prove lenient, while this further step up in trip should also suit.
Alpine Mistral showed improved form to get off the mark on only her second start in handicap company at Ripon last time, seemingly winning with plenty in hand. She was always travelling powerfully and picked up well after being forced to switch over two furlongs out. That was not a strong contest but she was an impressive winner and should be suited by this step up in trip, so will be difficult to beat under a penalty.
Grand Canal ran his best race yet on his handicap debut at Salisbury earlier this month, keeping on strongly and getting to within a half-length of the winner. That was an encouraging performance and one which suggests he should go close in a race that does not contain many progressive types. The good form of trainer Tom Clover is also a positive.
William Haggas has his string in fantastic form and he has a big chance with Pink Sands, who showed promise when finishing runner-up on debut at Windsor and then took a step forward to get off the mark at Ripon, looking a decent prospect as she pulled three and three-quarter lengths clear. She has not raced for more than a year but can make a winning return.
Soldier Lions found only one too good on debut at Leicester and he is expected to build on that promising introduction. He sets a solid standard on form and can provide in-form trainer Eve Johnson Houghton with another winner. Alicestar is a half-sister to three winners and makes most appeal of the newcomers.
Independence Day is on a long losing run stretching back to 2018 and comprising 20 starts but he has been in good form since the resumption and has been shaping as if it is only a matter of time before gaining that elusive victory. He travelled well when finishing a close-up third over this course and distance last week and makes appeal on these terms.
Prince Casper showed his inexperience at Chelmsford last time, a very slow start hampering his prospects, but he showed some ability to finish runner-up and should still have plenty to offer. He is well bred and enters handicaps on a potentially lenient mark so looks the one to side with.
Queen’s Course was well backed on her handicap debut at Chelmsford earlier this month and shaped well in defeat, keeping on well close home after not getting a clear run. She has since moved from William Haggas to David O’Meara but remains with potential and can take advantage of what looks to be a good mark.
Folk Dance was a big eye-catcher on her reappearance and handicap debut at Doncaster last month, travelling through the race like the best horse at the weights but simply getting no luck in running. She was still on the bridle and making good headway when shuffled back inside the final couple of furlongs, which effectively put an end to her chance. She made good headway under a hands-and- heels ride, however, and finished with plenty left, so can gain some compensation.
Timeform’s tips for Yarmouth on Wednesday
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