Plenty of guesswork involved in this “Newcomers” maiden. Arion Fox represents powerful connections and has to be high on the list, as does Ribchester’s half-sister Looktotherainbow. However, William Haggas has done well with juvenile fillies this summer and his BABINDI gets the vote.
Richard Hannon’s MYBOYMAX has already achieved a higher RPR than is usually required to win this race so is the one to beat if a below-par run on AW earlier in the week can be forgiven. Astapor and Ayo Patsy shaped well enough in novice races last time to suggest they can make an impact in a seller, while newcomer Open The Eagle is bred to be better than a plater and needs keeping an eye on in the betting.
The form of AESTHETE’s Newbury third last month has been advertised a few times since so his opening mark looks manageable, particularly with the Michael Bell team back among the winners in recent days. The other runners all have something to recommend them but the main threat may emerge from northern raiders Magisterium and High Peak.
Mark Johnston and Richard Hannon have won five of the last six renewals and could be set to dominate again. DUBAI FOUNTAIN lost her unbeaten record at Sandown last time but her forcing style is likely to prove more effective here and she gets the nod over Hannon’s impressive Newbury winner Fly Miss Helen. Setarhe’s progress has been hindered by slow starts but she still rates a danger, while at bigger odds Mere Green could run into a place.
Ralph Beckett’s Tomfre has a 3-5 record at the two Newmarket tracks and will be happier back at this venue after his Goodwood defeat. However, AL RUFAA (nap) has recorded two impressive wins since fitted with a hood and can defy a hefty rise for last month’s C&D success. The drop back to 7f on quicker ground might not be ideal for Bear Force One but he remains on an upward curve and is also respected.
A useful 3yo contest. EVENING SUN seems quite a free goer so it was understandable that Ryan Moore was keen to get him to settle under restraint when stepping up to 1m for the first time at Ascot, but it did leave him with quite a bit to do the way that race unfolded. He kept on encouragingly for third and gets the verdict here with further improvement on the cards. Cosy Sandown winner Zegalo and Laser Show, who was fourth in a warm race at the July meeting, can battle it out for minor honours.
This race lacks numbers but not interest. Harrovian and Good Birthday have some very solid handicap form and appeal as likely to bounce back from lesser efforts in the John Smith’s Cup but 3yo EMISSARY strikes as being well treated on the form he showed when narrowly denied in a Goodwood Listed race on his reappearance. It’s not hard to give him the benefit of the doubt for his run in the Derby and he can resume his progression now.
High Wells has made up for lost time this season but may find it tough against the 3yo COLTRANE, who it’s assumed can improve for this step up in trip on his handicap debut. They are not the only ones of interest but they look the most likely principals.
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