Spring Campaign is the least exposed runner in the field and needs serious consideration on this handicap debut, while Kaafy has been knocking at the door of late and Pretty Lady should benefit from the return to 6f. FAR FROM A RUBY may be the answer though, with her Salisbury fourth a very promising effort and this drop in trip a likely catalyst for further progress.
There was plenty to like about the way Apres Dark came up the hill on his Newmarket debut and he is open to plenty of improvement but with a penalty over this much sharper test it may be worth going with THE PRINCES POET, whose stable has been in good form with 2yos on the AW of late and who ran promisingly on Goodwood’s awkward track ten days ago. Hugo Palmer fields Echo Beach though stamina would appear likely to be his forte.
There’s no desire to see past DANDYS DERRIERE, who pushed a subsequent Group 3 winner to a head on his Newbury debut. He was perhaps a tad unfortunate not to have won and the stable’s youngsters are renowned for improving with experience. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the newcomers, Air To Air and Luckiness, fill the places.
Independence Day will be a danger to all with a clean start, while Shesadabber, Terri Rules and Swell Song are all capable if on a good day. The return of a visor and another drop in the weights could see A GO GO bounce back to form though and she can gain her second C&D success.
The interference suffered by DREAMING BLUE (nap) in the final furlong at Yarmouth was so glaring that it may well ensure a prominent position in today’s betting, but that positive performance until he was stopped in his tracks leaves him with some potential at this trip and that earns him the vote. Escalade and Cottonopolis may follow him home, although the handicap newcomer Inky Blinder needs a market check.
Swinging Eddie has been running with credit of late and might prove best of the older horses but there are some interesting 3yos in opposition. Notion Of Time is drawn wide but is bred to be much better than this grade, while Uncle Swayze could benefit from a drop in trip and the return to AW. COSTELLO has been leaving the impression he has a bigger effort in him at some point and this could be his day to shine.
This is an intriguing race that is likely to concern the top four. BIZZI LIZZI edges preference after creating quite an impression on her debut at Newmarket, though Bint Australia did everything but win at Pontefract and Date In Vegas looks nailed on to step up on her encouraging debut form. Mountain Dreams is also hard to knock after winning nicely first time out. Bint Australia is feared most
Most of these are much of a muchness but if there is a dark one lurking it’s UNCLE SID. He needs to bounce back from two modest efforts over further but his initial run in handicap company at a mile was encouraging and the visor now goes on. Freedom And Wheat is likeably consistent for this level and he’s feared most.
It’s hard to warm to too many of these and MALMESBURY ABBEY, one of the few who still has potential, is fancied to make a winning reappearance. He was on the up when last seen, is unexposed at the trip and still looks feasibly treated. Giant Steps and Rock Of Redmond have claims, while Rochford is on a dangerous mark if the return to AW piques his interest.
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