Minzaal made a promising start to his career when fourth at Ascot on debut last month, likely to have done even better had he got the run the winner did, coming from a similar position but having to wait. He sets a good standard here on that evidence, and with improvement anticipated, he should be tough to beat.
Kodiac Pride returned to form back down in trip after six months off when regaining the winning thread at Lingfield on Tuesday, taking full advantage of a further drop down the weights during his absence. He will be hard to beat under a penalty with a repeat of that form and this looks a good opportunity for him to rack up a quick-fire double.
Happy Power has been in decent form since the resumption of racing, runner-up in the Group 2 Criterion Stakes at Newmarket before continuing his run of solid efforts with a fair fourth at Haydock last time. He is a smart performer and there is a good chance he can get his head back in front now.
Mr Kiki showed improved form in first-time blinkers when making a winning start for Ralph Beckett’s yard at Yarmouth last month, his attitude proving decisive on the day, and he didn’t get the chance to build on that effort when his saddle slipped early on at Newmarket last time. He can have a line put through that effort and he is a major player here on the evidence of his prior run.
One Small Step confirmed his debut promise when comfortably winning a Yarmouth maiden last time, not needing to match her debut second where she had a next-time-out winner behind her. She’ll be suited by a return to a mile and is still unexposed, so is taken to make her handicap debut a winning one.
Motakhayyel got right back on the up to land the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot on his return to action and he improved again to make it two big wins from two starts this year when following up in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket. He is well worth a shot at this level on that evidence and it is possible we still haven’t seen the best of Richard Hannon’s colt.
Cloud Drift showed improved form to gain his first success in handicap company at Leicester last month, aided by the fitting of a first-time visor and a move away from three-year-old only company. That form is substantiated by the timefigure, and with Cloud Drift appearing to be going the right way now, he is taken to defy a 6 lb rise in the weights and record back-to-back victories.
Awesomedude eked out a bit more improvement to complete his hat-trick at Yarmouth last time, and although it may have been in a race in which he was seen to very good effect the way things unfolded, he does look a different animal all of a sudden. He is up another 5 lb for that victory but is clearly thriving at present and holds leading claims with Cieren Fallon claiming a handy 3 lb.
By Jove followed up his reappearance win with success here last month, improving again in the process, and he again showed further progress in defeat when beaten a length at Beverley last time, shaping as though he’d have benefited from a stronger gallop over the 12f trip, taking longer than the winner to get going. With that in mind this step up in distance should show him to better effect, and he will take plenty of beating up against some decidedly more exposed types.
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