Pythagoras made a promising start to her career at Ayr last month, forcing a rival with the benefit of experience to dig deep. It was only a four-runner field at Ayr but it was contested by well-bred types and the third has since won a nursery, so the form is considered strong. Pythagoras, who clocked a good sectional at Ayr, should get off the mark here.
Ginger Max won his first two starts following the resumption and he shaped like he is still a well-handicapped horse at Musselburgh last month. He finished only fourth at Musselburgh, beaten two lengths, but plenty went wrong as he pulled hard, was short of room two furlongs out and was then badly hampered a furlong out. He races off the same mark here and can gain a measure of compensation.
Ey Up It’s Maggie was sent off at a big price on debut at York but she showed ability to finish third, beaten just over a length. Ey Up It’s Maggie understandably showed signs of inexperience on debut but she got the hang of things late on, finishing powerfully after getting in the clear. That form is among the best on offer and, still open to improvement, Ey Up It’s Maggie has obvious claims from a handy draw in stall 1.
This is not a strong race so Chillon Castle makes appeal on the back of a promising third over course and distance last week. She arguably would have won with better luck, not the first time her chance was compromised by meeting trouble in running. It was still a career-best effort, however, and she ought to give another good account.
James Watt is on a long losing run, but he is on a fair mark based on a couple of pieces of form when with Michael Bell last year. He also showed promise on his second start for the Paul Midgley yard at Doncaster in June, running on nicely to finish fourth in a race in which it proved difficult to make up significant ground, and he can have a line put through his latest effort when short of room over this course and distance. He is worth a chance in what is a trappy sprint handicap.
Jaaizah has a smart pedigree – by Dansili and out of a mare who finished third in the Prix de l’Opera – and she has shaped with enough promise to suggest that an opening mark of 79 may underestimate her. She was a little underwhelming when only fifth at Newbury having been well supported, not looking altogether straightforward as she carried her head awkwardly. However, she leaves the impression that there’s a bigger effort in her locker, and she looks to have been found a decent opportunity.
Puckle showed improved form when runner-up over this course and distance and then took another step forward to get off the mark here last month, showing a good attitude to prevail by a short head. Puckle raced with plenty of zest and then dug deep to fend off a persistent challenger, the pair pulling well clear of the third. She is clearly effective at this track and trip, and may not have shown everything she has to offer, so she is a leading player under a 6 lb penalty.
Hua Mulan was below her best on her reappearance at Musselburgh last month, but she took a sizeable step forward to win over this course and distance last week. Hua Mulan appeared to appreciate the step up in trip to a mile and a quarter as she proved strong in the final furlong, winning by two and three-quarter lengths. She displayed some signs of inexperience, flashing her tail and edging left inside the final furlong, so a 6 lb penalty should not be enough to stop her following up.
Kesarina is a half-sister to several winners, including the very smart Zaaki, and she shaped with promise when finishing fourth on her handicap debut at Sandown last month. Kesarina looked far from the finished article but she kept on encouragingly and will relish the step up to a mile and a half. She retains plenty of untapped potential.
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