Jazzi’o was very green on debut at Windsor but still managed to finished third, and improved as expected when filling the same position at Sandown last time, likely to have done better if settling in the early stages of the race.
She was strong in the market on that occasion, and the two that finished in front of her have run well in defeat since. The handicapper may have taken a chance with an opening mark of 67, which enables her to sneak into this 0-65 handicap. There should be more improvement in her, and she is bred to be better than this mark, so a big run is on the cards now entering handicaps.
John Locke shaped well when runner-up to a useful sort on debut at Windsor last month, but could only run to a similar level when filling the same position at this course last time.
He traded a 1.02 in running on that occasion, leading over two furlongs out and going clear in the straight before being closed down in the final furlong and unable to resist the winners late surge. The step up to a mile and a half should suit on both run style and pedigree, and John Locke looks well up to winning a race of this nature.
Admittedly, Seprani is on a lengthy losing run (last win came in August 2018) but she has been showing up well in recent starts, and left the impression she was ready to strike when finishing runner-up on the all-weather here last time, turning in her best effort of the year.
Seprani has fallen a long way in the weights (now 12 lb below her last winning mark) and it is hard to see her out of the frame if reproducing the performance on her latest run.
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