Waliyak showed plenty of ability in three starts as a juvenile, getting off the mark by a wide margin at Wolverhampton on her final start of the campaign. She made her reappearance in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot last month and showed improved form to finish runner-up on her handicap debut, coming from the opposite wing to the winner and not seen to best effect. Waliyak impressed with how smoothly she moved into contention and she kept on well in the style of a filly who will appreciate this step up in trip. She is lightly raced, progressive and in excellent hands, so looks to have a bright future.
Society Lion has shown race-by-race progress and he produced a very encouraging performance at Doncaster last time, shaping well to finish runner-up. He impressed with the change of pace which saw him surge from last to first, and he was only seen off by another unexposed sort. He has gone up 5 lb for that effort but he still looks well treated and appeals as the type to carry on improving for a while yet. A high draw here is a concern but he is a cracking prospect and is expected to make his presence felt.
Kimifive is seemingly equally effective at both six and seven furlongs, and he will be of definite interest if dropping back down in trip after his eye-catching effort in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last time. Held up in the early stages, he travelled strongly but was forced to wait for a gap from two furlongs out, only getting into the clear when it was too late. He wasn’t knocked about, either, and the bare margins involved at the finish (beaten five lengths into sixth) certainly don’t tell the whole story of how well he shaped. He is one to bear in mind if attempting to improve upon his tenth in this race 12 months ago, where he also finished with running left after meeting trouble.
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