Miami Joy resumed his progress to defy a penalty here three weeks ago, staying on strongly to lead in the final 50 yards, ultimately winning by a length and three quarters. His strength at the finish suggests he will be suited by the step up in trip here, while the form of that contest is working out well, with the third and the sixth both winning their next starts.
With the booking of Ryan Moore also catching the eye, there is every reason to be positive about Miami Joy in his follow-up bid, especially as an opening mark of 81 is likely to underestimate him by some way in Timeform’s view.
Pentimento caught the eye when fifth on his most recent outing at Sandown, travelling strongly for a long way before his stamina seemed to ebb away in the closing stages. He certainly showed enough to suggest he is back in form, while there are several other factors in his favour as he attempts to belatedly get off the mark.
The return to a mile is perhaps most significant given how he shaped last time, while the drop in grade and the application of first-time blinkers also appeal as positive moves for one who is undoubtedly on a good mark when everything falls right.
Deftera Lad shaped better than the bare result when sixth at Windsor last time, travelling sweetly and briefly looking a big threat (hit a low of evens in-running), only to get bogged down in the testing conditions in the closing stages.
That effort can be forgiven in the circumstances, and it’s worth focusing on how resurgent he’d looked in five other starts since joining the Sylvester Kirk yard, notably winning at Wolverhampton in July and hitting the frame on a couple of other occasions. The return to the all-weather here makes sense, and he rates a solid each-way bet in an open-looking heat.
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