Will Sommers caught the eye on his sole run as a juvenile, left with a hopeless task from his position but making good late progress, and he ran to a higher rating and again shaped well nine months on when fourth over this course and distance in June. An opening handicap mark of 70 could easily underestimate him, and with a wind operation behind him, he is expected to be bang there.
Iconic Knight gained his first win for almost two years when taking advantage of a career-low mark at Chepstow recently, keeping on gamely. He is up just 1lb for that win and will remain competitive from this sort of mark.
Pavers Pride was bang out of sorts for Noel Wilson last term but has returned in much better heart for Paul Midgley’s yard since the resumption, shaping really well when runner-up at Beverley and Hamilton, confirming the promise of those efforts when getting off the mark for his new yard at Ayr, and again finding just one too good at Pontefract last time.
He is clearly thriving at present, as is his yard, and he remains of interest on these terms.
Legend Of Dubai boasts a superb pedigree, by Dubawi, out of Prix de l’Opera and Prix Jean Romanet winner Speedy Boarding, and he showed plenty of promise when third at Newbury on debut last month, just running out of steam late on. He is sure to improve for that outing and is likely to take all the beating second time up.
Verbana was easy to back on debut at Newbury last month and was ultimately found wanting for experience, flashing her tail on multiple occasions throughout the race. She should know more for that outing though, and with improvement anticipated, she is taken to make her experience count.
Backed at long odds on at Hamilton last time, First Greyed got a stiffer test of stamina and built on his debut promise to open his account at the second attempt, finding plenty to get up on the line. This step up in trip is sure to suit and he makes plenty of appeal now switched to nurseries.
Tacitly showed plenty of promise when fourth in a pair of all-weather novice events over a mile towards the end of last year, and she showed improved form to finish runner-up over this course and distance on her handicap debut last month.
She was actually unlucky not to finish closer on the latter occasion, unsuited by the way the race developed, not really able to get into a race with the winner given where they raced. She will go on improving and is taken to go one better this time around.
Grace And Virtue took a step forward when scoring on her third handicap start at Pontefract recently, racing in the rear down on the rail off a strong pace and having to pick her way through entering the final furlong. She is in good form at present and holds leading claims in her follow-up bid.
Leoncavallo is better known as a useful hurdler these days but, having his first start on the Flat since 2016, he ran well to finish second on his first outing for David Pipe’s yard on his return to action at Sandown in June, and he went one better sent chasing at Stratford last month, quickening clear to win by 13 lengths.
He is just 3 lb higher than when second at Sandown, and with a win over fences under his belt since, he is hard to look past on his return to the level.
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