Altalune produced a promising effort when finishing runner-up at Ripon, impressing with the sweeping mid-race move she made only to be seen off by the well-backed favourite. She ran to a similar level when fourth at Deauville last time and she sets the standard on form. The step up to seven furlongs ought to suit and she stands out as the horse to beat.
Look Out Louis has gone 11 starts without a win but he has been knocking on the door of late and caught the eye when finishing third over course and distance last time. He travelled fluently and kept on well close home to grab a share of third on the post. That performance suggests he is on a competitive mark and he can take advantage of this drop in class.
John Clare made no impact at Newbury last time but he had shaped nicely on his reappearance when finishing third at Leicester. That effort shows he is on a good mark and he is worth another chance with Rob Hornby – who was aboard for the horse’s only previous success – taking over in the saddle.
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This is a drop in class for Shanghai Rock who has contested competitive events at Newbury and Ascot. Shanghai Rock showed plenty of speed when sixth on his debut over seven furlongs at Newbury, and he ran to a similar level to fill the same position over six furlongs at Ascot. He ran below form when beating only one home at Ascot last time but that was a fairly useful nursery and he should find things a bit easier here.
Lady Nectar was an unlucky loser at Beverley last month but she took a step forward to gain compensation over this course and distance, keeping on strongly to win in the style of a filly with more to offer. She then improved a chunk to defy a 7 lb higher mark at Thirsk, bolting up by three and a quarter lengths, looking destined for a higher grade. She still has more to offer and a 6 lb penalty should not stop her completing the hat-trick.
Ice Station Zebra showed clear signs of inexperience on debut at Windsor, running green in the early stages, but she kept on well when the penny dropped to get up close home. That wasn’t a strong race but Ice Station Zebra is entitled to improve markedly with the benefit of that outing under her belt and she can defy a penalty.
Sambucca Spirit produced an underwhelming effort when bidding to complete the hat-trick at Ayr last time. However, he had previously impressed when winning at Redcar and Thirsk and looks the type who can quickly bounce back. He remains on a competitive mark and is worth another chance.
Alpin King was sent off at a big price on debut at Newmarket but he shaped with plenty of promise to finish fourth, running on strongly towards the end, likely to have grabbed second in a few more strides. He failed to build on that when again fourth at Newbury, not looking like the finished article, but his debut promise remains fresh in the mind and this looks like an easier opportunity.
George Mallory has shaped with promise on both starts since undergoing a wind operation. He was fifth over course and distance last month, keeping on well having been held up, and he was beaten by less than a length at Hamilton last time after launching a bold bid from the front. He found only a trio of three-year-olds too strong on that occasion and Simon Walker is a good booking in this amateur riders’ race.
13:45 Look Out Louis
14:20 John Clare
14:50 Shanghai Rock
15:20 Lady Nectar
15:50 Ice Station Zebra
16:20 Sambucca Spirit
16:50 Alpin King
17:20 George Mallory
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