There are some interesting newcomers on show here, but they will have to be above-average to overturn RIVAL, who shaped with plenty of promise when runner-up on debut over this course and distance last month.
There was no shame in losing out to a more experienced, useful rival and he should find that initial experience aiding him here.
Andrew Balding’s juveniles tend to come on a fair bit for their first run and Rival should prove a tough nut to crack here.
QUEEN’S COURSE showed ability on all three starts, well backed on her recent return when finishing fourth on handicap debut at Chelmsford last month.
She didn’t get the clearest of runs on that occasion, forced to switch over a furlong out and finishing never nearer than at the finish.
It is interesting that connections have switched her to the David O’Meara yard, and given his record with new recruits, she will remain of plenty interest.
AMBER STORM showed much improved form to open her account at the second attempt at Musselburgh last month, suited by the bigger test of stamina than on her debut.
She was slowly into stride, but made good headway out wide over a furlong out, and ultimately won with plenty in hand.
An opening mark of 78 underestimates her, and though this is a tougher assignment, she should have more to offer and is expected to follow up.
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