RIDGEWAY AVENUE has an eye-catching pedigree – he is a brother to Godolphin’s high-class Hawkbill – and made an encouraging start when fourth in a good-looking event at York last month, running green entering the straight but challenging in the final furlong before his effort flattened out.
He left the impression he would come on for the run all round, and he is expected to put that experience to good use for a rookie trainer who is making a name for himself.
This could be ripe for a newcomer, and SHOW YOURSELF, an expensive yearling representing a quality yard, could be the way to go. Flirty Rascal was much improved from her debut when runner-up at Windsor recently and is the pick of those with experience, while Beija Flor is another debutante to note.
TOPLIGHT left his debut effort behind dropped back to five furlongs when fourth at Beverley earlier this month, leaving the impression he still has more to offer, and he is taken to make a winning handicap debut from this lowly mark.
Coco Bear is another potential improver now entering nurseries, while Khabib just about sets the standard.
A case can be made for a few here but the most persuasive one is for ROMAN SPINNER who has slipped to a good mark and signalled she’s ready to go in when an eye-catching third at Haydock last time.
Unexposed Lady Andaz seems sure to step forward now she goes into handicaps so looks the chief threat, although Ginger Max and Moretti are two others well worth a second look in a competitive handicap.
PROCLAIMER was an eye-catcher on his return to action at Haydock when not getting the rub of the green, an early bump leaving him a fair bit off the pace, still going well but having too much to do over a furlong from home.
There should be more to come so he is fancied to make amends here off the same mark. There are plenty of dangers though, headed by Lincoln Gamble now he gets back over seven furlongs, while a good case can also be made for Redemptive and Rusper’s Lad in an intriguing handicap.
Not a race to be dogmatic about but CHAMPAGNE BOB arrives on the back of a seasonal best at Chepstow and could be the answer with Tom Marquand an eye-catching booking. Aiguillette finished last term in good form and should be sharper for his recent return, with Velvet Vista another to consider back over seven furlongs.
Some interesting fillies here but MOSTLY is given the nod as she arrives with her well-being assured after a facile victory at Kempton and this step up to a mile should show her in an even better light. Jaariyah has the potential to pose a signficant threat but has a 10-month lay-off to overcome, while similar comments apply to Areehaa, off the track since a promising debut second last autumn.
Preference is for ACT OF MAGIC, who is fairly handicapped and turned in his best effort of the season at Beverley last week. He was well backed on that occasion, beaten only by a thriving type, and Act of Magic looks well up to winning a race of this nature. Jeanette May and Lunar Deity head the list of dangers.
PULL HARDER ON is thriving at present, finding a little more improvement when extending his winning run at Beverley earlier this month, and he still looks on a workable mark. There could be even more to come and he is taken to complete a four-timer. Molly Shaw and Smokey look the likeliest dangers.
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