Ayr winner Seven Brothers commands respect, particularly if the ground softens. Unbutton and Andronicus Beau are other major players on form, while Cometh The Man and GUMDROP are open to improvement.
The last-named runner gets the verdict with this step up to 6 furlongs a likely plus.
Haydock novice winner ZEZENIA should be suited by today’s step up in trip and is the selection ahead of fellow handicap newcomer Perfect Inch, whose Chelmsford second reads well.
The unexposed Sheila is another to consider, while Oti Ma Boati could bounce back to form following a break.
A very wide draw counted against Abstemious here last time and he’s set for an interesting rematch with Black Caspian, who is also worthy of respect.
JUMAIRA BAY finished nicely once finding a gap at Doncaster three weeks ago and, granted a clearer run, he can open his account this time. Rovaniemi and Cruising are unexposed at 7 furlongs.
She hasn’t run since finishing well beaten in the Group 3 Fred Darling at Newbury in April 2019, but DANCING VEGA was sent off favourite that day on the back of her impressive two-year-old debut and could be much better than her opening mark of 87 if tapping back into that promise.
The well-handicapped Danielsflyer is second choice, while Alemaratalyoum, Firmament, Presidential can all go well.
Having stayed on well for third over 5 furlongs this summer on his first two starts for Ed Walker, JONAH JONES can capitalise on today’s step back up to 6 furlongs.
Wentworth Falls won in good style at Doncaster last time and is feared most, ahead of George Bowen who returned to form at Pontefract last time.
Camacho Chief scored over 5 furlongs at Doncaster most recently, but there is a doubt about whether he is as good at 6 furlongs.
It’s hard to look beyond FRANCONIA who had a subsequent Listed winner in second when readily landing the Listed Abingdon Stakes at Newbury last month and, with that being just her second start, there could be lots more to come from her.
It’s wide open in terms of who can be best of the rest and perhaps Beautiful Illusion will fill that role ahead of fellow unexposed three-year-old Gold Wand.
Theatro should improve for going over 2m and he might be able to reverse Haydock placings with the much respected Nuits St Georges.
However, ENHANCED (NAP) has perhaps got off lightly with just a 3lb rise for what was in the end quite a decisive success at Newbury and this longer trip promises to be right up his street. Red Royalist is another to bear in mind.
A well-contested handicap in which many cases can be made. Top of the list is STAR OF VALOUR, who travelled the strongest before pouncing at Haydock and for whom a 3lb rise underestimates the authority with which he won.
Global Spirit continues on an upward curve and is feared most, ahead of Confide and House Deposit.
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