Godolphin’s filly Soft Whisper has obvious potential to progress from her debut second at Salisbury, while the two unraced colts in the same ownership, Cloudbridge and Raajil, also look interesting.
However, CLARENDON CROSS was placed in what has turned out to be a useful Haydock maiden on his debut in June and might be the answer.
Not many of these make appeal, but five-time winner KODIMOOR signalled a return to form when fourth over 6 furlongs last month and now returns to his optimum trip.
Great Colaci disappointed at Redcar on Monday but was in good form beforehand and is second choice.
With the two standout contenders both trying new headgear, this is very much a minimum-stakes race.
VAPE didn’t run too badly in a Sandown handicap last time, whereas Know No Limits was a beaten favourite in claiming company.
A good handicap that will take some winning. Preference is for the now blinkered LION TOWER, who ran really solid races in his first two handicaps and Ayr last time wasn’t a bad effort either, considering he didn’t settle great on soft ground.
Vasari hasn’t really had things go his way this season and he’s feared most, ahead of Grande Rumore.
Unexposed four-year-old Thai Terrier is considerably better than he showed on his recent turf/handicap debut and can’t be opposed with any real confidence.
However, PURDEY’S GIFT was nicely clear of the third when second to an improving three-year-old at Pontefract 10 days ago and ought to be able to cope with today’s 2lb higher mark. Starfighter, who was repeatedly denied a clear run at Salisbury last time, is next on the list.
Mrs Bouquet should be better served by the return to sprinting and can go well, while Byline and Badri both remain capable of better.
MUSICALITY (NAP) won impressively over 5 furlongs here last month though and can make light of his opening mark now back up to 6 furlongs.
On his favoured fast ground Craigburn should be a factor and also interesting are the fillies Tuscan Oasis (second choice) and Dana Forever.
However, perhaps this will be the day that DARK SILVER finally gets his head in front after a decent effort at Sandown. He’s never been lower in the weights and 6 furlongs probably suits better than 5 furlongs.
Most of these have quite a lot to prove and the most striking contender is ALBA DEL SOLE, who won at this track in two of her first three starts this season and has gone close in her last two runs.
This resurgent five-year-old remains well treated on her old form and she can get back on the scoresheet here to make it 3-3 over C&D. Cool Strutter has also had a productive time this summer and he’s the main danger, though Aquadabra ran well at Chepstow last time and has possibilities if she can back that up.
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