Richard Hannon has a good record with 2yos here and TILAAWAH showed enough on his recent course debut to earn the vote ahead of the penalised Night On Earth, who found it too much in the Molecomb last time. Chica Bonita is a likely looking newcomer, while Shalaa Asker, a half-brother to two first-time-out 2yo winners, is also worth considering
George Scott’s gelding ACCRINGTON STANLEY pushed a useful rival quite hard when a clear second in a recent Bath novice and is taken to open his account on today’s nursery debut. Host shaped as though he might benefit from today’s drop in trip when sixth over 6f here a fortnight ago but a bigger threat to the selection may emerge from City Code, who sports first-time blinkers.
Most of the likely suspects are drawn towards the far side in low stalls. Mad Endeavour traditionally goes well first time up and is no good thing to turn things round with Pastfact on slightly better terms, while the inconsistent Waqaas hasn’t run on turf in a good while and does most racing now over 7f. That leaves SWISSAL, who’s resumed in good form for his new yard without the usual visor, looking the way to go.
Clear-cut Sandown scorer Don’t Tell Claire is much respected for the in-form Kubler team but preference is for TOMMY ROCK, who was back on the up when only just missing out at Leicester. A rise of 2lb for that looks anything but an overreaction. Kinsman has an uninspiring return run to forgive, but would be a threat to all down from Class 3 if able to get back on track.
Despite the late resumption this has the distinct feel of a late-summer maiden, with an exposed standard-setter in JUMAIRA BAY taking on a couple of likely types who are returning from long absences in Boma Green and Modmin. The market will tell a tale but Jumaira Bay sets a good standard on either of last month’s handicap efforts in a race in which clear Windsor second King’s Knight is the only other with realistic claims.
Of the three likely candidates who are all dropping at least a furlong in trip, Helvezia brings the course form, whilst Monash gave a pretty good impression for most of the way at Pontefract last time. They’re nevertheless both taken on with EL RAY, a collector’s item Chepstow runner for Kevin Ryan and one entitled to have plenty yet to offer if the debuted tongue tie does the trick.
Something has to give here, with PRETTY PICKLE and Morrooj having been a beaten favourite on all of their five combined starts so far. The latter could yet sweep all before her if the penny finally drops, but the selection appeared perfectly race-wise in narrow defeat at Yarmouth last time, despite her lesser experience and prolonged absence. Handicap debutante Exhalation and, if proving more tractable than lately, Oksana Astankova may also take a hand.
It’s unlikely Embrace The Moment, who’s improved for the fitting of cheekpieces, or Croeso Cymreag would want too much rain in an open handicap. Carey Street is surely up to winning off this mark but the lightly raced BROWN HONEY (nap) arrives off the back of a solid effort and a 2lb rise looks fair.
Competition is the obvious one among the older brigade, but no surprise to see this fought out by the two lightly raced 3yos, with the well-related, upped-in-trip NIGHT TIME GIRL narrowly preferred to Island Nation.
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