This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type, and HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM will have derived plenty from the kind ride he received starting out at Ayr a month ago. He started a big price that day and was given a considerate introduction, making headway under pressure at halfway and keeping on after. He left the impression he would be suited by this step up in trip on that occasion, and he is of plenty of interest in this field.
Having attracted support, YUKON MISSION was denied a run on more than one occasion at Pontefract 12 days ago, and can arguably be considered an unlucky loser. Racing from the same mark, compensation may well be forthcoming, though this is a pretty good race for the grade, with Dandy’s Angel and Reely Bonnie feared as last-time-out winners on the up.
LADY CALCARIA dug in deep for pressure when second in first-time cheekpieces at Haydock last time and, with this longer trip unlikely to pose any issues, she’s fancied to go one better under a likely positive ride from a good draw. Bibbidibobbidiboo was also runner-up recently, so she’s respected along with Gigi’s Beach, who makes his first start for MIchael Dods.
DIGITAL was runner-up for a third time at Thirsk last month, but he was unlucky to bump into a good prospect, and with the time also suggesting it was an above-average race of its type, he’s worth another chance to get off the mark. Indeed, Significantly sets the standard back in novice company, and will be a big threat, but he is passed over at likely short odds.
HELLO GIRL had looked in good form prior to going off too hard at Beverley last time so, from stall 11, she might be worth chancing with Nigel Tinkler in good form in a wide-open sprint at a track where it can pay to race prominently. Amazing Alba would be an obvious danger if she could back up her good C&D second last time and Indian Pursuit also warrants consideration.
This is almost certain to prove strong form for the grade. GLORY FIGHTER and Militia boast similar profiles in that they are hat-trick seekers up 4 lb having won different divisions of a handicap on the same card at Chester 12 days ago. Marginal preference is for the Iain Jardine-trained representative, who had a bit in hand there, and he remains with handicapping scope based on his past form. Mutabaahy and Show Palace also merit consideration.
This looks competitive for the grade but PEERLESS PERCY stands out on profile. He remains a maiden, but showed his best form after 10 months off on handicap debut at Hamilton last time, and is bred to be suited by this step up in trip. He’s lightly raced and open to improvement, so he’s taken to get the better of some much more exposed sorts, acknowledging the likes of Millie The Minx and Lizzie Loch arrive in excellent form.
NAKEETA is a risky proposition but he hinted at a revival at Ripon earlier in the month and takes a further drop in grade here, so could be worth chancing from what continues to be a tumbling mark. Stormin Norman has relished the step up to staying trips and should remain competitive following a 2 lb rise for his win over course and distance in July. Arthurs Secret returns to this code on a competitive mark so shouldn’t be overlooked, either.
THE MACKEM TORPEDO hasn’t shown much to this point but he’s from a prolific family, so improvement could be forthcoming now pitched into a low-grade affair on his second start since undergoing a breathing operation. Kodiac Lass and High Fort, who was unlucky not to finish closer at Ayr on Monday, are others with claims.
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