Mersin again shaped with encouragement when third on his most recent outing at Newbury, sticking to his task well to be beaten just a length. That form is working out well – the third won impressively on her next start – and Mersin’s strength at the finish suggests he may also have more to offer now stepping up to a mile and a half. In any case, he is already the one to beat on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, so it will be disappointing if he can’t open his account under William Buick, who is in red-hot form with 14 winners in the last 14 days.
Float took another step forward when third over this C&D last time, looking much more professional as she went down by just a neck in a bunched finish. She was arguably unlucky not to give the winner more to think about, too, given that she was shuffled back at a crucial stage and found herself with plenty to do in what had been a steadily-run race. She may yet prove capable of better when the emphasis is more on stamina, and an opening mark of 72 doesn’t look insurmountable for one who is closely-related to several talented performers, including the Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach.
Sepia Belle bounced back to form in first-time cheekpieces when third at Chepstow last month, keeping on well and ultimately finding only a pair of improvers too good. She fared much the best of those who raced close to the pace, with the others who helped force a strong gallop all finishing down the field. Still a maiden after six starts, this look as good an opportunity as any for her to make the breakthrough, down 1 lb in the weights and hopefully with better to come if getting a more efficient ride than last time.
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