Selected shaped better than the bare result when third on his most recent outing at Ayr, travelling best of all before weakening in the final 100 yards. He simply failed to get home on his first try over six furlongs and is better judged on the form of his two previous efforts over this trip, including when finishing in mid-division (beaten only six and a half lengths) in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot. That form is comfortably the best on offer in this line-up, so he is well worth another chance to get off the mark in what looks a weak contest on paper.
Invincible Bertie wasn’t seen to best effect on his three starts in nurseries last season, finishing hot on the heels of the principals after encountering a degree of trouble in-running on each occasion. He probably would have been at least challenging those who beat him with a bit more luck, strongly suggesting that a BHA mark of 51 won’t prove his limit. Trainer Nigel Tinkler has a good record of improving sprinters in their second season, too, and it will be disappointing if Invincible Bertie isn’t thereabouts on his belated return to action.
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Glencadam Glory caught the eye when sixth in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock last time, meeting plenty of trouble and doing well under the circumstances to finish as close as he did, ultimately never nearer than the four lengths he was beaten at the line. This will be just his fourth start for the Tim Easterby yard, and there was certainly enough promise in that last run to suggest he is finding his feet, so he could be worth siding with from a mark that looks lenient judged on the pick of his form (formerly smart when trained by John Gosden).
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