Blackberry’s debut win was cosy but CREDIBLE achieved more when chasing home a very useful sort on her York debut and she can go one better. Sunset Spirit needs a look in the market but if the selection runs to a similar level she’ll need to be above average to win.
The two Roger Varian-trained newcomers need monitoring in the market as they have some smart siblings. Arsonist, Lost In Space and ALABLAQ have all shown a fair level of ability, though, and the latter, who made a pleasing start over C&D this month, may be open to the greatest progress.
Cursory Glance was a Group 1 winner for Roger Varian and her first foal TINKER TOY looked a colt of some potential when a well-backed winner on his Salisbury debut. He can follow up, perhaps at the expense of Alkhat, who will probably go on to prove himself better than the bare form of his Wolverhampton win.
Several of these are handicapped to go well, with Mutanaaseq and Three Card Trick of interest from that side of things. Napping could yet have more to give on turf and is feared but BAY WATCH (nap) may be able to complete another hat-trick. You wouldn’t have fancied his chances at the 2f marker at Bath last week but he produced a strong finish to get up close home and his style of racing is making it very difficult for the handicapper to get to the bottom of him.
A trappy event with most having something to prove on one count or another. Dick Datchery will be a key player if reproducing his recent Ayr form back here but that couldn’t be assured. Roseina’s Voice ought to appreciate the return to sprinting, while Glorious Rio is interesting on one piece of form and can do better now handicapping.
It might be worth taking a chance that the addition of blinkers and the forecast different ground allow SITTENHAM WOOD to show his true colours. He ran with promise here on his reappearance and wasn’t seen to best effect over 7f at Ayr last time – there’s more to come from him at some point.
An interesting race with three last-time-out winners tackling some rivals who are open to plenty of improvement. Star Prize may be best of those to come here on the back of a win but Reviette, Intrinsic Bond and ALBEN SPIRIT are interesting. The selection shaped quite nicely over 7f at Sandown 20 days ago and might be the answer now dropping in trip.
Polyphony is fairly treated and is capable when fresh but this looks the sort of race where it may pay to focus on the 3yos. Hlaitan, Turn On The Charm and True Believer are all interesting, the last two having already run well in C&D handicaps, but the vote goes the way of the returning HIBERNIAN WARRIOR.
Roger Varian’s charge was surrounded by horses now rated in the 80s and 90s when third on his Newmarket debut so an opening mark of 78 could easily underestimate him.
There won’t be any excuses this time for Nashy, back down in trip and on to better ground and he’s perhaps the most interesting 3yo, with Maqtal drawn in the car park.
The well-handicapped Central City, who has two big-field course wins to his name from four visits, wants considering, but everything looks in place for MR COCO BEAN, who had neither ground nor tactics in his favour when back to form off this mark last time. Red For All is also worth a second look among the likely bigger prices.
Tyson Fury showed a knockout turn of foot to win at a big price on his C&D debut early in the month but he’s being asked to concede the best part of a stone to a couple of fillies with potential from big yards under the penalty, and that may prove beyond him.
SEA OF STYLE, who’s sure to appreciate tonight’s stiffer test having run well in a stop-start affair on her 1m2f debut, is preferred to Dusk, whose opening AW sixth has been well advertised since. Solar Screen, who shaped nicely in a warm Newmarket maiden last backend, is another to consider in a fascinating novice.
Given her pedigree and who trains her it’ll be a big surprise if Yarmouth novice winner ALMAREEKH is close to reaching her limit and she can follow up on handicap debut with the further step up in trip likely to be in her favour. Tronada hasn’t looked back since moving up to 1m4f and could be the one to give the selection most to think about.
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