ANNIE ROSE took a big step forward to get off the mark over this course and distance 10 days ago, quickly going clear in the final furlong to land the spoils by two and a half lengths.
She appeared to have plenty in hand, too, and it’s clear that an opening mark of 53 underestimated her by some way – so much so that a 6lb penalty is unlikely to stop her mounting a bold follow-up bid.
Indeed, she rates very much the one to beat according to Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, while it’s not out of the question that she may yet have even more to offer after only three starts.
ALIANNE showed improved form when second on her most recent outing at this venue, staying on strongly and passing most of the field inside the final furlong.
She would have been in front in another few strides, ultimately going down by just a short head.
Her strength at the finish suggests she will be suited by the slightly longer trip here, and this looks a good opportunity for her to belatedly open her account from only 3lb higher in the weights.
TURKESTAN wasn’t seen to best effect when sixth on his handicap debut at Haydock earlier this month, racing freely in the early stages and compromising his finishing effort as a result.
It’s too soon to be writing him off given how much promise he had shown previously, notably running on well to finish third on his previous start at Ripon in June.
That run suggested this trip will be well within his range, and it will be disappointing if he doesn’t show more like his true worth here, with his latest outing after eight weeks off likely to have taken some out of the freshness out of him.
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