Rosemary And Thyme was strong in the betting but was given a considerate introduction to racing when third at Goodwood on her debut last month. She did shape with a fair amount of promise though and will improve with that behind her.
A winner at Redcar on his debut, Confide bettered that form to finish second at York on his handicap debut last month, coming clear with the winner and worthy of credit for doing so given the steady pace set by his conqueror. He shaped like the best horse at the weights on that occasion and will be winning from this mark before long.
Danyah made an emphatic return to action with a taking victory at Doncaster in June, still not looking quite the finished article but progressing considerably and putting up a useful performance on his handicap debut. More is expected form him following a break and he boasts leading claims as he searches for the double.
A gelding operation looks to have done Space Walk the world of good. He ran creditably to finish third on his return to action at Kempton last month, before showing improved form to win his first handicap at Haydock last time, benefitting from the return to further and showing a good attitude. He is up 5 lb for that win but there is more to come from him and he is taken to go in again, with his new-found professionalism likely to see him over the line in front.
Caroline Dale didn’t need to improve on her third in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot to get off the mark at Windsor a couple of starts back, again looking really professional as she kept on well to draw clear inside the final half-furlong. She returned to pattern company in the Princess Margaret at Ascot last time and can take advantage of this return to calmer waters to bounce back to winning ways.
Jojo Rabbit made the most of his high draw to bag connections double what he cost as a yearling when second in the Super Sprint over this course and distance last month, and he resumed winning ways back down in grade at Wolverhampton a week later, doing so in just workmanlike fashion but demonstrating his professionalism nonetheless. He is having a good first year and his opening mark looks a fair one.
A host of interesting newcomers in this maiden but Desert Wisdom is the one who catches the eye most. This Dubawi colt, whose dam was a smart winner over this trip, is a half-brother to the useful Swift Rose and Ottoman Court, and with Charlie Appleby’s yard in the form it is at present (69.8% run-to-form rate), he looks the one to be on before the benefit of market clues.
Tafeeq made plenty of appeal on paper ahead of his debut at Goodwood earlier this month and he showed plenty to work on amid inexperience. He looks sure to do better with that run under his belt, and with both of Marcus Tregoning’s juvenile winners this season coming second-time-out, there is every reason to think he can follow suit.
Piranesi very much caught the eye with his finishing effort at Newmarket on debut, and he confirmed the promise of that run when landing the odds at Yarmouth last time, just about sharp enough to make most of the running but clearly still learning. He remains open to improvement and warrants plenty of respect.
Fahad has been somewhat unfortunate on his two handicap starts to date, not really seen to best effect at either Windsor or Haydock, unable to get involved from off the pace on the latter occasion. He has been gelded since that run however, and remains capable of better, so could be worth siding with for the in-form Roger Varian yard.
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