Purchased for €28,000 as a yearling, Hala Be Zain makes plenty of appeal on pedigree ahead of her debut, and considering those with prior experience don’t set too high a standard, she could be worth siding with first up for Mark Johnston.
Upped in trip after six weeks off, Starshiba had clearly learnt a lot from his debut when leaving that form behind and going down only to another useful prospect at Sandown last time, the pair pulling clear of the rest of the field. There ought to be better to come from David Elsworth’s charge, who should be capable of winning a race of this nature.
Amazon Princess looked a little rough around the edges on her first few starts last year, but she produced her best effort to date when runner-up at Chepstow on her return to action last month. That form has since worked out well, producing two subsequent winners and three runners up, and Tony Newcombe’s filly is still low-mileage, so is one to consider in a wide-open affair.
Award Scheme showed improved form to get off the mark on her handicap debut over this course and distance last month, and she defied an 8 lb higher mark with ease to follow up in impressive fashion at York last time. She is a most progressive young filly who is well worth her place at this higher grade, and she could take all the beating if able to continue her upward trajectory.
A fast improving filly, Kepala overcame greenness to get off the mark at Newmarket in June before posting an excellent second at Newbury last time, going like the best horse at the weights, her inexperience just handing the initiative to the winner late on. It’ still early days with her and she remains with potential, so is taken to gain compensation from just 2 lb higher.
Without A Fight built on his debut promise when landing a Redcar novice in good style last month, still green and doing plenty wrong but there was a lot to like about the way he saw the race out, comfortably on top in the end. There should be more to come from him now stepped up in trip and he is expected to be bang there on his handicap debut.
Tuscan Oasis has improved with each run to date and progressed further to make a winning handicap debut at Leicester earlier this month, despite still showing signs of inexperience in front. There’s stamina in her pedigree but she clearly doesn’t lack for speed, and with further improvement anticipated, she is taken to go in again under a penalty.
Burguillos put it all together in no uncertain terms to finally cash in on his much-reduced mark at Leicester last month, and he follow that up under a 5 lb penalty at Beverley last time, comfortably justifying market support. He is clearly thriving at present and looks up to completing the hat-trick despite a rise in the weights.
Back down in trip, Willy Nilly was strong in the betting, not for the first time, when taking on his elders at Bath last month, and he justified connections’ faith at the second attempt in handicap company, showing much improved form to open his account. He will go on improving as he fills his frame and is expected to give another good account here.
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