He needs to bounce back from a disappointing run at Chepstow but VEDUTE‘s first two runs were very promising and he looks the one to beat. Grey Sparkle can step up on her debut effort and may be a bigger threat to the selection than Accrington Stanley.
Lady Iley is the most appealing of the four newcomers but AL DAWODIYA won’t be found a better chance to break her duck. She ran as well as she ever has when third in a Class 4 handicap ten days ago and a repeat of that would make her hard to beat.
Zulu Zander, Princely and The Lacemaker all enter calculations but SECRETFACT is a multiple course winner who lurks on a tempting mark and he might be the answer.
Moonraker is facing a big drop in class and it wouldn’t be the biggest surprise to see a revival. Show Me The Bubbly and King Crimson are other class droppers who need a market check but with a strong pace on the cards perhaps PORT NOIR can gain a third win of the summer.
There is little between this field on RPRs, and a combined career return of 1-47. Robert Guiscard is going the right way again and should figure, likewise Barking Mad if the longer trip mitigates sufficiently against another probable slow start. They’re still overlooked in favour of ETHICS APPROVAL, in the hope his undoubted ability can be more appropriately managed in the new blinkers and down in trip. Silver Cliffs, conversely back up from 7f, is another with probably more to offer.
Plenty will rest on whether Overwrite’s reserves can be better teased out over 1m2f than on his one previous attempt at the trip, and the quickest turnround in his career, five days after an admittedly career-best form effort, also plays on the mind. As such, it may be worth chancing that blinkers will jolt the mercurial DUBAI INSTINCT back to life after a discouraging seasonal return, especially back granted the galloping 1m2f and lively surface closest to his optimum requirements.
Liam Keniry gave Lovers’ Gait a fine pace-modulating ride on her handicap debut over C&D last time, but to what extent the same tactics can be employed this time may depend on the free-going Princess Way, winner of this contest a year ago. Should a ruinous speed battle ensue, the hitherto luckless ROCK OF FAME, whose RPRs the last twice are the strongest pieces of form in the entire line-up, richly deserves to pick up the pieces.
A step up to a galloping 2m on turf and second-time cheekpieces finally lit the touchpaper under LISMORE (nap) last weekend, and both today’s entry and another at Salisbury three days from now suggest this shorter trip is still thought to constitute enough of a test. If anything is to prevent another Sir Mark Prescott winning sequence it may be old adversary Nikolayeva, who is highly likely to have more to offer over staying trips than she could demonstrate last time.
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