MADEEH returned to form having been given a chance by the handicapper when third at Leicester earlier this month, proving himself at the trip after being stepped up to just under a mile and a half.
He then finally put it all together to land a gamble with ease at Catterick last time, settling better than he had at Leicester and taking advantage of a mark some 23lb lower than when he joined Phillip Kirby’s stable last year.
He had plenty in hand on that occasion and looks obviously well treated as he bids to follow up under a penalty.
SOUND OF IONA shaped well when runner-up at this venue earlier in the month, doing well to grab second under the circumstances – dropped out from stall one and still a long way back when denied a clear run over a furlong out, finishing well to take second close home.
She built on that when getting off the mark back in novice company at Ayr just four days on and is clearly an improved model as a four-year-old, with the potential to rate a bit higher yet.
NORTHERN SOCIETY was a two-time course-and-distance winner here last year, but her form subsequently suffered, possibly as a result of her mark being raised.
She has shaped as though in need of the run on her two outings this season, but she should be raring to go with those runs now under her belt and can now race from 1lb lower than when successful here last campaign.
She must bounce back to her best to have a say here, but is more than capable of putting up a bold showing from this sort of mark and clearly merits consideration.
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