Mark Johnston holds a strong hand with Chase That Dream a major player on form and King Frankel an interesting newcomer. It will be useful to see how they go in the betting. However, the Ralph Beckett-trained ENVEGA looks a good alternative as her debut effort has been well advertised since.
Several hard-pullers, a number of trainers with poor records with 2yos and only a few runners who’ve been involved in a finish, so hardly the ideal recipe. Good stable form leads to MID DAY RUSH, who showed enough at Ripon on her second start to suggest she can make an impact off this sort of mark, being put forward as a token suggestion.
Keen-going front-runner The Defiant finds himself 2lb below his last winning mark after a better effort last time and he has to go on the shortlist from a handy stall, but WADE’S MAGIC (nap) is clearly well treated off the same rating as when bouncing back to form at Beverley last Tuesday.
Absolutio has never run over 5f before but he travelled strongly before scoring over 6f here last month and doesn’t look handicapped out of contention off today’s 3lb higher mark. He commands respect but the suggestion is COWBOY SOLDIER, who didn’t run badly on soft turf on his latest outing and has slipped to a handy mark. Cases can also be made for Grandfather Tom, Benny And The Jets and Yolo Again.
Last week’s easy Lingfield winner Kodiac Pride proved he can cope with today’s 5lb penalty when finishing first past the post at Salisbury on Sunday and it’s easy to understand why Sir Mark Prescott is keen to strike while the iron is hot. However, slight preference is for Oisin Murphy’s mount HAJJAM, who ran well in defeat at Ayr a fortnight ago and remains well handicapped on 2019 form. Amplification is next on the list.
Several of these warrant consideration. Cupid’s Beau, Bernard Spierpoint and Kingsholm all ran well in a recent C&D maiden and have potential for improvement in handicaps but perhaps the answer might be QUAINT, who didn’t enjoy the run of the race when third behind Sir Rodneyredblood and Bartat at Lingfield 12 days ago and has another chance off the same mark here. Grace And Virtue and Diamond Cottage also make the shortlist.
There should be more to come from Thirsk winner Ilaraab over today’s longer trip but he may find it tough to concede a penalty to MUTALAHEF, who bumped into a useful rival when second on his sole 2yo start. Spirit Dancer also made a promising 2yo debut, while Blue Flame and Secret Account are two newcomers to consider.
This looks a good opportunity for TASAAMUH, who chased home a smart rival at York last month and has now been placed on both her starts. Heaven Forfend ought to be on the premises but has become rather disappointing and a bigger threat to the selection may emerge from Vottoria Light, who displayed much-improved form on his second outing.
Any number to consider in a competitive handicap, headed by MISS MOROCCO, who ran well for one lacking in experience when supported back from a break at Doncaster late last month. Course winner Geizy Teizy will appreciate the return to the AW having found a couple of Windsor handicaps not run to suit lately, while the wide-drawn Daheer is evidently felt capable of better having not handled Chepstow’s undulations on his handicap debut.
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