Navajo Spring will go well if a return to Tapeta helps her to recapture her Newcastle debut form, while Electric Blue, who was behind Michael Dods’ filly at Newcastle, is open to progress back from a short break but the most solid option is AUSSIE STORMER. He probably bumped into a nice prospect at Windsor last time, while his debut third on Lingfield’s AW also suggests he’s more than capable of winning a race like this.
Igotatext has been gelded since finishing last in the Coventry and this is obviously easier than that. However, he has to give weight all round and BOOGIE TIME, whose Hamilton form has worked out well, makes greater appeal. Blue Hero also needs respecting, while any confidence in the market behind the newcomers Arqoob and Operatic would have to be taken seriously.
A trappy nursery with plenty open to improvement now handicapping. Annie Rose definitely falls into that category on only her third run but preference is for DAY JOB, who has been more competitive than a good many in her runs so far and stepping up to 6f looks a good move on her handicap debut. Shesaheart probably has it in her to threaten despite top weight.
Top of the list is dual Tapeta winner SHARRABANG, who turned things around with his close call over C&D 11 days ago and remains well treated on his best form last year. Maid Millie has been placed in her three runs since lockdown and she’s feared most, though Hard Solution cashed in on a reduced mark here on Friday and is respected under a penalty on his step back up to 6f. The other one on the shortlist is Oh So Nice, who still has potential and needs watching in the market at this new trip on her return.
Although Vindicate and Colonize will have their supporters, they have a bit to prove in first-time headgear. Union has been climbing the weights without winning so the vote goes to THUMUR, who hails from a yard going great guns and may be able to make a winning handicap debut. Landue could prove the strongest of the three older horses.
Course specialist Street Poet is strongly respected in his bid to make it three wins from his last four starts but preference is for hat-trick seeker DAWN BREAKING, who pulled clear with a subsequent winner at Beverley last time and remains feasibly treated off 5lb higher here. Muraahin didn’t get much luck when third at Chelmsford and is a key player if he can back that up, while another to consider is Thorn, who went close at Haydock last time and should get a decent tow into this race.
This is a very unappealing betting medium. The suggestion is POPPY MAY, who has the form to be competitive if on the ball after her break. The same comment applies to Come On Bear.
A chance is taken on SIMPLY SIN, for whom Cieren Fallon has been booked. His last run, albeit a long while ago, was his best yet and stepping up to 7f should suit. Deeds Not Words is second choice, ahead of Aiguillette.
This is his AW debut, but there was plenty to like about how JOE’S WAY (nap) moved through the race en route to winning his first handicap. Ella McCain’s claim pretty much takes care of his penalty and he’s a good-looking individual for this level. Grace Plunkett left her previous form behind in winning here last month and she’s the danger, along with Giant Steps.
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