Winter Power has been unable to justify favouritism on both her starts but is evidently well regarded and it will be no surprise if she proves a different proposition now handicapping after a short break. She remains open to improvement and will be tough to hold out if putting it all together here.
Fools Rush In continued his steady progress when runner-up at Windsor at the beginning of the month, looking suited by the step up to this trip and, though he was unable to lay a glove on the winner, he is unlikely to run into one of that quality here and this could be a good opportunity for him to open his account.
Harry’s Ridge can consider himself a shade unfortunate not to have gotten closer to breaking his maiden, unlucky to bump into two such well-handicapped rivals when third at Haydock last month and not seen to best effect when poorly placed compared to his market rival at Ripon last time. The step back in trip, along with the application of first-time cheekpieces seemed to benefit him on the latter occasion, and with those factors both at play again here, he should be up to winning from this lowly mark.
Bred more for speed than stamina, with a useful pedigree, Roong Roong showed ability when midfield at Newbury on her debut in April 2019, knowing her job but not seeing the race out. She is clearly thought capable of better, and though her return to action is a belated one, this race lacks depth, and with improvement a distinct possibility, she is taken to open her account at the second attempt.
Thowq has shown plenty of promise in placing on both of her starts to date, including when just touched off at Yarmouth last month. She is a promising filly with more to offer so holds leading claims ahead of Dreamloper, who is also open to further progression.
Aliento stripped fitter for her reappearance run and, back down in grade, looked back in top form when second at Ayr recently, unlucky not to go very close after being denied a clear run approaching the final half-furlong. She finished with running left and, from the same mark, she looks worth backing to make amends.
Sorbonne ultimately shaped as if needing the run when down the field at Pontefract after 10 months off, the layoff certainly a more likely explanation for his finishing effort than a lack of stamina given his pedigree, but this step back in trip should suit him nevertheless, and considering he is still open to improvement, he could be worth chancing in a race full of exposed sorts.
War Defender left his two-year-old form well behind when catching the eye at Pontefract last month, and he shaped well when beaten only by another progressive type on his handicap debut at Newcastle last time. He has been raised 4 lb for that effort but he looks to have plenty of size about him and is clearly improving with experience, so is one to be interested in.
Kitzbuhel showed plenty of ability amidst greenness when fourth on debut at Chelmsford in February, and he did better with that run under his belt when going one place better at Windsor on his return earlier this month. He still looked short of experience on that occasion but is open to further progress and is one to consider here.
Genesius shaped well on his handicap debut when fifth over this course and distance last month, deserving of a bit of extra credit too after being caught further back than ideal, making late headway without landing a blow. That was a more competitive affair than this, and with improvement on the cards, Julie Camacho’s charge gets the vote to open his account.
Timeform’s top tips for Monday’s Redcar action
12:35 – Winter Power
13:10 – Fools Rush In
13:40 – Harry’s Ridge
14:15 – Roong Roong
14:45 – Thowq
15:20 – Aliento
15:50 – Sorbonne
16:20 – War Defender
16:50 – Kitzbuhel
17:25 – Genesius
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