Zuzu Zander has been solid in recent months, securing back-to-back 2nd place finishes before a 4th at Chepstow last week. He’s very versatile ground-wise, and will like the good to soft going today. His 4th at Chepstow was behind a horse on a four-timer over 5f, and completed three solid runs, jockey Gina Mangan will be looking to build on that today.
Mystery Smiles is still young, only 2yo, and is making his debut today. He’s the half-brother to 5f-6f winner Dream Ally and is an interesting newcomer. He represents a yard with a solid strike-rate with 2yos this year so far. Will face competition from Aussie Stormer, however, who came 3rd on his debut at Lingfield Park last month.
Zoffarelli made a strong debut at Windsor just two weeks ago, and will be well-fancied to go one better today. He came 2nd of 11 over 6f 12yds, pulling well clear of 3rd place. He was the best of the newcomers on that occasion, and will be liked to improve on his debut appearance today. Should have enough to see off hat-trick chasing Hot Scoop.
It’s A Given might be an apt description for this 3yo’s chances today. She’s only had two professional runs, but won both. She made her debut last November at Chelmsford City, finishing 1st of 14, and then followed that up in June at Kempton Park by winning in a field of 11. She’ll be a major player on the switch to turf.
Broughton’s Gold is a promising 3yo, who has shown impressive promise in his first four races. Making his debut at Newmarket last May, he finished a respectable 4th of 11, before going on an absolute tear and winning back-to-back races at Kempton Park in October and then at Newbury just a month ago. His most recent outing came at Haydock Park earlier in July, finishing 3rd of 12. He’ll be fancied to continue that impressive form.
Kodiellen is still unexposed at this trip, but has some solid runs under her belt. Her last outing came at Windsor last week, where she failed to get a smooth run, though still came a respectable 4th. Will be a major contender off the same mark today.
Queen Of The Sea is the fancied choice today after nice runs at Goodwood and Salisbury in recent weeks. She is still yet to break her ‘thirditis’ after three 3rd-place finishes on the spin, but will be liked to improve today. She’s been looking solid in her recent runs, and has more to offer than previously shown.
Arctic Victory, 3, may have only been out once as a professional, but that debut came in a win at Windsor last month. She looked comfortable leading the pack of 8 on that occasion, and might like the longer trip today. Will be pushed by Spring Glow again, just as she was on her debut, but should have enough about her.
Thunder King is a six-race maiden who looks to have improved with every run. The 3yo made his debut at Haydock Park last June and finished a solid 5th of 8, but then fell further back in his next run at Doncaster, finishing 10th of 13. Since then, his results have slowly improved, and his most recent outing came at Ripon earlier this month, where he finished an impressive 3rd of 8, only just getting caught by the eventual winner.