John Quinn has been in cracking form already this month and CHOSEN MARK may be able to continue the good run after overcoming greenness to win cosily on his debut at Newcastle. Desert Vision had the run of the race at Sandown and is not so well drawn here but she still looks better than most although Miami Joy has a much more obvious chance here than in a Group 2 last month and Boccherini hinted at ability on his debut at Ascot.
An interesting novice for the time of year with three runners who have all displayed significant ability. Aroha has most to prove after ending 2019 quietly and running miles below her 2yo form on her reappearance. The Perfect Crown over-raced in the early stages when third in a C&D Listed event in February but he’s still got potential and has to be on the shortlist. WITH RESPECT faces very different underfoot conditions to his winning 2yo debut but there was a lot to like about that performance and it was backed up by the clock. He could develop into a smart performer this year.
Preference is for GAVI DI GAVI, who raised his form to a new level with his smooth win at Wolverhampton last month and still looks feasibly treated off his revised mark. The big danger is Broughtons Flare, who was surrounded by subsequent winners when third in a higher grade at Kempton on his last run in March. The other one on the shortlist is In The Red, who has won twice at Kempton this year and could bounce back with a bold bid back at 7f on Polytrack.
The standard set by Emotional Moment isn’t an insurmountable one and there are some interesting newcomers/unexposed sorts in opposition. Gallardise can leave her debut run behind in time but CHASE THAT DREAM looks a likely type on paper and can make a winning debut.
There’s little to choose between Tomshalfbrother and Seprani on revised terms, both having come home nicely in a race run to suit after missing the kick over C&D three weeks ago. Roundabout Magic has always been best over 5f and the extra furlong is a concern off a 4lb higher mark, so the suggestion is GHEPARDO, who’s done well since fitted with cheekpieces and who endured a luckless run down to 5f last time.
French Polish should do better for a yard that continues in good form but there was plenty to like about the Yarmouth debut of TILLY FRANKL, the first foal of the yard’s Group 1 winner Ribbons, and she should have learned from that. John Gosden’s pair, the wide-drawn Amtiyaz and Golden Rules, look the most interesting newcomers, with Red Celebre likely to want more of a test.
It’s hard to know what might be lurking among the handful of newcomers, with Faisal and Victory Won most interesting on paper, but JOHN LOCKE sets a good standard on his opening second at Windsor and he should have learned from that.
Forge Valley Lad is less exposed than the pair he beat (Pearl Beach and Evaporust) in a depleted Windsor handicap two weeks ago and could well confirm superiority on slightly worse terms. Similarly the penalised Militry Decoration, who’s unexposed over this trip, may again see off Arlecchino’s Leap, but OLD FRIEND (nap) is hard to get away from off the same mark as when one of three to come away last Monday.
A number of these tend to be held up, the obvious exception being Misu Pete, who goes well for Isobel Francis and remains capable when the mood takes. There are reasons to expect a better showing from MR MAC too, with him boasting a win when fresh and a decent record over C&D, and he could be worth chancing in a race best played with extreme caution.
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