David O’Meara has his string in top form at present so it may be worth siding with his newcomer Noorban in this race. Those with previous form don’t set too high a standard and O’Meara’s filly has the breeding to make a mark here, by Sepoy and out of a dam who looked potentially smart when winning on her only start.
J R Cavagin did show a bit despite being in need of experience when sixth on debut, and he proved a different proposition second time up, belying big odds the land the spoils at Doncaster last time. He is open to further improvement and should make his presence felt now sent handicapping.
Heartstar probably needed the run after nine months off when fifth on her handicap debut in June, but she found improvement to get off the mark at Bath last time, a big price but running in just her second handicap, making the progress easy to believe. A 2 lb rise in the weights for that victory seems fair and she holds solid claims of following up.
Brazen Prince showed only a bit having been held back by inexperience on his debut but, upped in trip, he left that form well behind when runner-up at Catterick last month, knowing what was required on that occasion. He may have yet more to offer and looks the one they all have to beat.
Ventura Rascal got off the mark when landing a Catterick handicap over this trip last month, going one place better than he had in his previous race, improving a little bit to do so. He seems to be growing up all the time and remains low-mileage, so holds leading claims of going in again.
Bottom Bay showed improved form to open his account in good style over this course and distance last time, a good-value claimer, first-time tongue strap and a drop back down in trip all potential catalysts. He is up 5 lb for that effort but is a progressive sort who clearly likes it around here, so is worth siding with.
Bollin Margaret put it all together when showing improved form to get off the mark at Redcar last time, a first-time tongue strap perhaps helping but it’s no surprise that she’s progressed judged on her pedigree. There is scope for better still and she looks well-in quickly turned out under a penalty.
Ivors Involvement did too much too soon when third at Ripon last time but hinted at a return to form nonetheless. The cheekpieces go back on here, and with apprentice jockey Sophie Ralston taking 5 lb off his back, he looks well worth considering.
Global Exceed showed the benefit of a reappearance run when landing the odds at Redcar in June, taking advantage of a much-reduced mark, and he has continued in good form since, including when a close fifth to The Trend Man over this course and distance last month. He probably wasn’t seen to best effect on that occasion either, brought wide and from further back than ideal, and from the same mark, he looks worth siding with to turn the tables on his reopposing rival.