Some interesting newcomers on show, none more so than the beautifully bred Senita who commands serious respect. Danilova and ANGHAAM have already shown clear promise though and Richard Hannon’s filly is preferred after her Doncaster fourth.
Ghaly, Desert Caravan, Oslo and Byzantine Empire are unexposed contenders from top yards but none of them are totally convincing and preference is for the well-handicapped OASIS PRINCE, who was an encouraging third at Beverley last time out. Image Of The Moon also ran well last time out and is second choice.
Windsor maiden winner BAARRIJ (nap) was declared for the Musidora at York earlier this month, for which she was a non-runner due to the unsuitable soft ground, and she could be quite a bit better than her opening rating of 83. She is the selection ahead of Casual Reply, who is going back up in trip, although cases can also be made for the other three.
Famille Rose won’t need much improvement for her first experience of fast ground and should be involved, while Mahale and Basilicata are also respected. SHE’S SO NICE brings very solid form into the race though and may be able to defy top weight and add to last month’s C&D success.
Karibana and Rodin come here on the up, while Baashir is totally unexposed and won easily three weeks ago. STOWEMAN hasn’t matched his novice/maiden form in handicaps as yet but the ground was heavy for the first of them and the other was after a nine-month break. He’s worth another chance.
Closely matched rivals Makawee and Bella Vita are leading contenders on form but they are taking on some unexposed types who are open to plenty of further improvement, notably the Sir Michael Stoute-trained KATARA. Cosmic Princess should relish this trip and is an interesting second choice, with Expressionism also respected.
A bit of a conundrum for punters as three of these have a big form advantage over the up-and-coming Dubious Affair but that filly is the only one of the field in any sort of form at present. WITHHOLD has been much nearer to peak form this season than Moonlight Spirit who has a fair bit to prove after his last run, so Roger Charlton’s stable stalwart is preferred. Indeed, Vivid Diamond may be a bigger danger than Moonlight Spirit and she can claim second.
This interesting little handicap can go to RHYTHMIC INTENT, who won well at York last time and for whom a 5lb rise is fair. He can see off another progressive last-time-out winner in Mayfair Spirit. Make Haste Slowly is best of the others.
The Racing Post’s tips for Newmarket today
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