There is cause for misgivings, as is usually the case in a claimer, but EVENTFUL has a big chance if bouncing back from a modest show last time out. She does not have to prove her stamina, unlike her probably main rival Treaty Of Dingle.
Given that Mr Jones And Me has shown nothing like his two-year-old form of late, Herodotus is third on the list.
Having had just four races, there’s a fair chance that PRINCESS SIYOUNI can build on the improved result she registered on her handicap debut. Birkie Queen is preferred among the rest, ahead of Up The Aisle, Iballisticivin and Officer Drivel.
Top of the list is SWEET CHARITY, who has been resurgent with a Windsor win and clear third on all-weather here in her last two starts and remains well treated on her old form.
Three-year-old Decora has a solid record in 1m 2f handicaps and is feared most on her drop back in trip, though Al Daiha has had three close calls this year and is a big player if she can bounce back from a blip at Haydock last month.
Others to keep an eye on in the market are the unexposed handicap newcomers Angels Roc and Goldie Hawk.
This can go to the well-related JOHN LOCKE, who sets a clear standard on his clear second on all-weather here last time and is open to further progress on the step up to this trip.
Second choice is useful bumper performer Ocean Wind, who made a promising Flat debut when third over 1m 4f on Polytrack here three weeks ago.
Others with each-way claims are War Cross and Josephine who both stepped up on their initial form when staying on well to finish placed in middle-distance events at Newmarket last month.
Kirtling ran a promising race when beaten less than three lengths at Yarmouth on his return last month and is respected on this drop back in grade.
King Athelstan looks interesting with regular blinkers reapplied on his step back up in trip, while Nearly Famous made some late gains at Chepstow last time and is well treated if she can build on that.
However, the vote goes to TULANE, who was knocking on the door in his final two runs during the winter and is a big player if he can pick up where he left off on this switch back to turf.
Although Graceful Lady catches the eye off her current mark, she has not been at her best recently and has a bit to prove.
Prefontaine is interesting back on the Flat and Fun Mac can never be discounted in these types of races, but it is hard to look past PLEASURE GARDEN (NAP), who keeps getting the job done and may be able to defy yet another rise in the weights.
Night Moment sets a good standard under a penalty and should be right in the thick of things again.
He’s respected along with Sixntwothrees, who showed clear promise at Newbury last time, but there are also several interesting newcomers in opposition.
Mastic has a striking pedigree, while Lovely Breeze also looks the part on paper, but the vote goes to CODE OF SILENCE. He is out of sister to a Group 1 juvenile winner and represents a yard with a 58% strike-rate with two-year-olds on turf here in recent years.
Preference is for Ralph Beckett’s PATIENT DREAM, who showed clear promise when fourth behind the subsequent Group 3 Acomb winner on his debut at York last month and sets the standard on that form.
The main danger among the other runners with experience is Greystoke, who ran into some trouble before making some encouraging late headway at Sandown and looks a likely improver on his second start.
The most interesting newcomer is Falcon Brook, who has a good pedigree and needs watching in the market.
An interesting event featuring a host of potential improvers. Jazzi’O, Bazaari, Uncle Dick and Bahia Star fall into that category, but GORDONSTOUN met plenty of trouble in running at Leicester last time and he could still have an improved performance in him.
Delagate The Lady is on the upgrade and ought to go well again, but SEPRANI has a lowly mark to play with and her latest second here (AW) suggested she will be primed to strike.
She’s a major player provided the ground doesn’t deteriorate too much. Tawaafoq is another to consider.
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