LISMORE arrives chasing a hat-trick having gotten her act together in cheekpieces the last twice, proving well suited by the step up to two miles when opening her account at Chepstow earlier this month. She looked much more straightforward over the longer trip, and she improved again to follow up over slightly shorter at Bath five days later. Lismore has been given another 6 lb rise in the weights, but like so many from this yard, she rates the type to improve further now up and running, and this looks another good opportunity.
DIAMOND HAZE showed improved form to make a winning handicap debut at Thirsk nine days ago, justifying good market support whilst also still looking green. He is clearly well ahead of his mark, settled in touch and always travelling fluently before hanging left under two furlongs out and leading soon after. Diamond Haze has plenty in hand at the finish, and you can see why connections are turning him out quickly under a penalty.
NAJIB remains a maiden, but he has dropped a long way in the weights, and is of some interest her now sporting first-time blinkers. Admittedly, he hasn’t been in much form of late, but he shaped better than for a while when a good third at Hamilton last week, travelling best of all but seemingly getting tired late on. This easier track and the addition of blinkers could do the trick and he makes a fair bit of each-way appeal.