There is likely plenty more to come from TENBURY WELLS, who showed much-improved form to open his account at Chelmsford last time. The handicapper may have taken a chance with his opening mark of 82 and he is a confident selection to follow up back on turf. Lady Sansa improved herself when winning the second division of that Chelmsford novice and can go on progressing. Molinari had a good position at Windsor but still won well and he could give another good account.
ROSE HIP was progressive in 2019, winning four of her six starts, and she proved at least as good as ever when overhauled late on by Seen The Lyte at Doncaster last time. That was the first time she made the running, but given a more patient ride here, she is capable of gaining some revenge in a race that the pair could dominate. Chitra, who returned to form last time, also makes a fair bit of appeal.
The unexposed MAGIC J showed a stiff five furlongs suits him well when winning in good style in this headgear at Sandown 10 days ago. An expensive purchase, he has been well found in the market for the majority of his starts, and belatedly resumed winning ways in good style, so tops the shortlist ahead of Mountain Peak and Aplomb, who both hit the frame in a tremendously competitive course and distance handicap two weeks ago.
DAL HORRISGLE was progressive in 2019, winning his first two starts at Nottingham and Haydock, and proved himself a smart performer when finishing three and a half lengths fifth to Nayef Road in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood. He shaped as though in need of the run over a trip short of his optimum on his recent return in a handicap at Newmarket, and will appreciate the return to a mile and a half now. Dal Horrisgle is still lightly raced, and remains with plenty of potential.
BILLESDON BROOK ran as well as ever when a close second to Nazeef in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes on the July course at Newmarket 16 days ago, and a reproduction of that form will make her very hard to beat. Agincourt wasn’t seen to best effect on that occasion, despite not being beaten far, so is well respected, as is the promising Miss O Connor, who is open to further improvement this term.
Queen Mary-third CAROLINE DALE looks a thoroughly-likeable filly and made all with the minimum of fuss at Windsor 3 weeks ago. She didn’t need to be at her best the prevail there, but she could have more to offer, and can confirm Royal Ascot form over More Beautiful with another success. Her stablemate Santosha is a big player after her third in the Duchess of Cambridge, form that has been franked.
It’s likely best to focus on the progressive three-year-olds towards the bottom of the weights. TIGER CRUSADE made a striking move from off the pace when seeing off a fellow big improver at Doncaster last time, and open to further improvement still, he is selected to make light of a 6 lb rise. There should also be more to come from Kinsman and Campari and they look the main dangers.
MARS LANDING was much improved when runner-up on his handicap debut at Newbury on return, shaping like the best horse at the weights, and is one to keep on the right side of with further progress likely. Strait of Hormuz made a positive start for new connections when getting up close home at Haydock and rates the main threat ahead of Risk Taker, who is another three-year-old on the up.
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