A trappy nursery featuring several possible improvers. Unbutton, For Peat’s Sake, Charlie Fellowes and Perfect Sunrise all enter calclulations but GOLDEN BEAR is given another chance to confirm the promise of his first two starts. Things didn’t go to plan for him at Goodwood on his nursery debut but there was money about for him and he’s clearly thought to be on an attractive mark.
This looks a minefield with no end of possible improvers on show. Baton, Baroness Rachael and Twentysharesofgrey feature prominently in calculations but DEVIL’S CUB showed some promise on his second start and may improve for today’s longer trip.
There are some interesting newcomers on show and the betting can reveal more surrounding their expectation levels but both LAST SUNSET and Isle Of May have shown useful form and can fight this out. The selection overcame her inexperience to win decisively here four weeks ago and may be able to improve sufficiently to concede the weight to John Gosden’s filly.
A 294-day absence is slightly disconcerting but MOSTLY shaped very nicely on her sole 2yo start and may be up to making a winning reappearance. Model Guest should give it her all once again and may prove a bigger threat than the penalised Ice Eagle.
May Sonic may have more improvement in him at this trip but he’ll need it if he’s to defy a 6lb rise for Windsor against stronger opposition. The pair to make most appeal are Storm Over, who can show the benefit of his recent reappearance, and EL HOMBRE and the latter can leave an underwhelming stable debut behind him back at 6f and returned to AW.
Possible to give a chance to many of these, but equally possible to suppose that MYKONOS ST JOHN (nap) has got the hang of what’s required with a vengeance judged on his Windsor rout sixteen days ago. It’s way too early to say that his midfield finish on debut is all he’s capable of on Polytrack, and he gets the verdict over the still-progressing fellow last-time winners Mabre and Newton Jack.
The form of Libretti’s Yarmouth success has already received a boost from the second, and although 6lb higher the return to Polytrack for the hat-trick bid presents no issue. A more tractable Burke And Wills would rate a threat, but so too should CITY ESCAPE, who is taken to confirm the impression from her pedigree and at least two outings (including last time) that 1m-plus is needed. Estate House, dropped despite slightly outperforming her mark last time, is another intriguing candidate.
St Leger entry BRENTFORD HOPE could be hard to beat if he needed the run at York, which appeared to be the case. He looked a potential Group horse in winning so impressively last backend. This will be a test, though, as Dubai Welcome has seen his Yarmouth form franked and both Casting Vote and My Frankel are last-time-out winners with potential.
Plenty to consider in an open handicap and a chance is taken on LIGHT OF AIR, who won off today’s mark for Katy Brooks last autumn and who’ll have come on for his recent comeback from ten months off. Menin Gate is another to take seriously on his first start for Archie Watson.
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