Bollin Neil failed to progress from his debut in maiden/minor events, but was relatively strong upped to a similar trip on handicap debut at Ayr last time, suggesting that connections feel he has been handed a fair opening mark.
However, he didn’t get a chance to show what he is capable of, coming to grief in an incident around two furlongs out, too far out to say where he’d have finished if completing. Bollin Neil has been given plenty of time to get over that, and will remain on interest from this lowly mark.
This looks an interesting handicap and the Ralph Beckett-trained Deft makes plenty of appeal. She has progressed with each start so far, shaping well when fourth in a minor event at Newbury last time, looking suited by the galloping track.
The extra distance today will also suit, as she was never nearer than at the finish last time, and her pedigree has plenty of stamina in it. Deft looks the ideal type to progress further now handicapping, and an opening mark of 72 may well underestimate her, so there is plenty to like about her chances.
Jewel Maker remains with just a maiden win to his name – which came in 2018 when trained by Dermot Weld – but he has some solid form to his name, and he has fallen to an attractive mark. He turned in his best effort of the season when beaten two lengths at Hamilton last time, the cheekpieces he was wearing for the second time having the desired effect.
The handicapper has since dropped him 1 lb in the weights and Jewel Maker will have every chance if building on that effort.
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