Having been placed in each of his first three starts, Master Of Brazil sets the standard but he has been a beaten favourite the last twice and connections now reach for the cheekpieces. It may therefore be worth taking him on with SILVESTRIS who didn’t show much on his recent Ayr debut, but this very different ground and extra 2f could result in a much better performance. Market support for the newcomer Pearl Of Wisdom should be noted.
Secret Return may be able to confirm last month’s C&D form with the three that finished behind her and she’s greatly respected. However, BALGAIR has been hinting that a bigger effort is around the corner though and he may be able to burst on the scene late.
The Golden Unicorn and Miss Fernanda have both displayed some promise but PROFESSOR GALANT shaped encouragingly on her Newbury debut and may be the answer with that experience behind her.
This looks trappy. Mykindofsunshine would have to be a contender back at this level, especially if the ground remains quick, while Eastern Star shouldn’t be far away if reproducing her Windsor form from her penultimate start. However, preference is for Q TWENTY BOY, whose recent Sandown effort can be safely ignored, but who ran really well in his two outings here prior to that. Spirit of Ishy looks best of the others.
Although not as good as he once was, Zac Brown has to make the shortlist now down in grade and he has certainly become well handicapped on turf, but preference is for STORM MELODY who should relish the return to these conditions and has dropped 10lb below his last winning mark. Catheadans Fury is interesting given her record over C&D and she does go particularly well fresh.
John Qunn’s BAL MAL came up 3l short under a penalty in his bid for a five-timer at Goodwood but that was still a decent effort in a Class 3 event, particularly as he never really looked comfortable on that track. He’s a big player off 3lb lower on this big drop back in grade and may well be able to improve his record in 5f handicaps to 6-7. The pick of the opposition could be C&D winner Star Prize, who could resume her progress back at this trip in her second handicap.
The ex-German Songo comes into this 3-5 and may still have more to offer for his new stable, with his absence since March unlikely to be a problem. However, SAVANNA GOLD (nap) ran well to chase home another 3yo at Beverley last week and must have a good chance of going one better off the same mark. London may appreciate this longer trip on breeding so is worth keeping an eye on.
It seems likely that Derry Boy will figure as he is one of very few that comes into this in much form and he is proven over C&D, but it may be worth siding with BAYSTON HILL who also has a C&D win to his name and has become well handicapped. Born To Please has place claims if backing up her last effort, while it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a better showing from Artillery upped in trip for this handicap debut.
Tactics may prove crucial in this. SINGING THE BLUES made all for both of his recent wins and with no other obvious front-runners up against him here, he could get his own way again. Elhafei, who looked a bit unlucky behind him at Wolverhampton last time, may prove his biggest danger.
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