Jumaira Bay remains a maiden, but is more than capable of winning races and was very unlucky not to finish closer in a hot three-year-old handicap at Doncaster last time. Both of his starts back this season suggest he is an improving type, and he could have potentially forced a photo at Doncaster granted a clear run.
He was still going well when denied a clear run over two furlongs out, having to sit and suffer until getting an opening in the final furlong. Raised just 2 lb for that effort, he appeals as being very well handicapped and looks a big player.
Anno Lucis raced more than is usually the case at a two-year-old for one so stoutly-bred from this yard, and he duly shaped well after seven months off and stepped up to a more suitable trip when runner-up on handicap debut at Kempton in June.
Admittedly, he didn’t progress from that when disappointing over the same course and distance last time, but still left the impression he has plenty to learn. There should be even more to come from him, especially now stepping up in trip, and he remains well handicapped.
Admittedly Firmanent isn’t a frequent winner, but he goes particularly well at York and in big-field handicaps. He shaped better than the distance beaten when finishing midfield in a similar event at this course last time, leaving the impression he might have made the places had he enjoyed the rub of the green.
He was short of room around two furlongs out and was hampered again inside the final furlong. Firmanent is clearly in top form and will be hard to keep out of the frame provided a clear run.
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