Gary Moore sprung a surprise earlier in the week in one of the handicaps here and I think he may be able to repeat the feat here with Quloob. Decent when trained by Owen Burrows, he rattled up a hat trick of handicap wins and looked very progressive but the wheels came off slightly and he switched to Moore. He ran some very interesting races last season, finishing 4th to Themaxwecan at Ascot but he has a 27lb swing in the weights with him for that and was ahead of Laafy in another Ascot handicap over two miles and he is now 23lbs better off with that horse who is favourite here.
Now part of the weight differential is due to the weight for age the other horses were receiving but it is still a big swing. In between he was extremely unlucky not to win at Salisbury over a mile and six furlong on fast ground, when not getting a clear run. That was off a mark of 90 and he runs here off 88. He is the outsider of the field but I wouldn’t be surprised if finally got his head in front for these connections.
This listed race doesn’t look the strongest race ever and she looks to be an improver in a field of mainly moderate types. She was unlucky not to get off the mark on her reappearance at Yarmouth when second and that form is solid enough, with the winner Majestic Noor winning off 80 at Newbury on her next start and the 3rd Lady G being touched off in a listed race on her next start.
Even the 10th Sakura Petal won a Newmarket maiden on her next start. Katara got off the mark in impressive fashion at Kempton last time and looks sure to appreciate the test of stamina here. I will be disappointed if Katara can’t take this on the way to better things.
This is always a really competitive race and this year looks no different with Nahaar and Meraas deserving of their place at the head of the market. The draw can play a big part of this race and I believe that it might be an advantage to be drawn low, as there appears to be plenty of pace there. Meraas will be up there making it and my selection Atalanta’s Boy is sure to be near the lead from his low draw. Vey lightly raced for a five year old, he is 4-8 in handicaps and that includes two wins from two visits to Goodwood. That is a massive positive, as not every horse acts at this unique track.
Atalanta’s boy ran a really decent time when winning at Chelmsford two starts back to suggest that he was well up to making his mark in a nice handicap. He was unlucky to be nailed right on the line at Windsor last time but arrives here under the radar but in great form. David Menusier is in great form with four winners from his last eleven runners and with Paddy paying 6 places, Atalanata’s Boy makes each way appeal.
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