A competitive fillies handicap where you can make a case for several, but TOMORROW’S DREAM very much caught the eye when runner-up at Newbury last time.
She confirmed the improvement she showed when winning a handicap at Chepstow the time before without being seen to best effect, still going well when short of room two furlongs out and ultimately conceding first run to the winner.
Tomorrow’s Dream has been raised 3lb for that effort, but still looks well treated, and will remain of interest. Wasaayef is another progressive filly who seems sure to be involved also.
MAYDANNY‘s latest run at Newmarket needs forgiving, but he looked like a horse who can do some damage from his mark when first home on his side in the Hunt Cup consolation race at Royal Ascot, and he’s worth another chance for a yard which has such an excellent record at this meeting.
The step up to a mile-and-a-quarter should suit on pedigree and he remains one to be positive about.
Tinandali, Derevo and Fifth Position head the many dangers, while Sucellus is one who could go well at likely bigger odds.
BATTLEGROUND jumps off the page, being the first foal of the same connections’ Arc winner Found, and he looked very promising, building on the impression he made on debut when an authoritative winner of the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last time.
He looked head and shoulders above his rivals both in appearance and on the track, and has the potential to go right to the top. Devious Company, who finished second to a smart sort in the Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last time, looks an obvious danger.
This looks a wide-open renewal of the Lennox Stakes, but SPACE BLUES looks the class act in this field of entrants. He has always been held in high regard, and twice finished placed at the highest-level last season.
Space Blues has found the winning groove of late though, successful in a Listed event at Haydock before following up in a Group 3 at Longchamp and the manner of both of those wins suggests that he can win at this level. Therefore, he is preferred to Sir Dancealot, who is chasing a record third straight win in this race.
A few new opponents for STRADIVARIUS, notably Irish Derby winner Santiago, but it’s still very hard to see past John Gosden’s star stayer, who looked better than ever when powering 10 lengths clear of Nayef Road at Royal Ascot last time.
He is once again at prohibitive odds, but his claims are obvious, some 10lb clear of his nearest rival on Timeform weight-adjusted ratings, and he can become the first four-time winner of this race.
This downhill 5 furlongs could be just the ticket for RECON MISSION, who shaped as though his turn may be near at Newbury. He’s one of several that are likely to go blasting out of the gates, but he doesn’t have to lead and his stamina (largely campaigned at 6 furlongs) will be an asset in what promises to be a frenetically-run race.
Course and distance winner Celsius is feared most ahead of Acclaim The Nation and Count D’orsay.
Having been held back by greenness early, ALKUMAIT showed enough with his finishing effort at Newbury to believe he’s capable of landing an event like this, getting the message late on and leaving the impression he will have learnt plenty for that initial experience.
He’s narrowly preferred to Majd Al Arab, who should give it a good go from the front, while Tawleed is the pick of the newcomers on paper.
An 8lb rise for her latest success at Haydock demands another personal best from DANCING APPROACH, but she had plenty left in the tank that day and there could be even better to come.
Tulip Fields, a winner here in June, is feared greatly back down in class for a yard that has enjoyed plenty of success in handicaps at this meeting over the years. Believe In Love and Asiaaf are others to consider.
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