SOME NIGHTMARE has been in good form since joining John O’Shea from Gordon Elliott, running creditably when fourth here over 5 furlongs before taking a step forward to finish an unlucky third over 6 furlongs at Doncaster.
Some Nightmare went like the best horse at the weights at Doncaster, but he lost ground at a crucial stage when switched to get a run and was unable to make up the deficit – despite finishing powerfully.
That was an encouraging effort and he may not have shown everything he has to offer, so he appeals as the one to beat.
TOP SECRET looked to have been handed a stiff enough opening mark based on what he showed in two starts at Lingfield last season.
However, he showed much improved form on his return here over 7 furlongs, finding only an unexposed and well-handicapped rival too strong. The winner has gone on to land a handicap at Glorious Goodwood, meanwhile Top Secret himself has run well since and finished a close-up third at Newbury behind a subsequent winner.
He moved through the race as well as anything at Newbury, arguably going too strongly and that left him vulnerable inside the final furlong. Dropping back to 6 furlongs for the first time could be a good move.
FRENCH RIVIERA didn’t make an encouraging first start for Jane Chapple-Hyam at Newmarket, but she stepped up markedly to finish runner-up here last time.
French Riviera was always well positioned, close up in a race run at just an ordinary gallop. However, she stuck to her task well and found only a thriving rival too strong.
The winner Songkran has struck again subsequently, extending his sequence of victories to four. French Riviera has relatively few miles on the clock for a five-year-old and could have a bit more to offer for this yard, while the step back up to a mile and a half will not be a problem.
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