This race is mainly fully of exposed types and there is every chance that Reely Bonnie can make it two from two in handicap company. She didn’t show too much in three quick runs in maidens in just four weeks but she was a totally different proposition in handicaps.
She bolted up over six furlongs at Ayr off an opening mark of 63, passing the whole field to win going away. The way she was finishing suggests that the step up to seven furlongs shouldn’t be an issue and the 6lb rise could underestimate her.
Mamdood took a crashing fall when last on the race track but he has been given five weeks off to recover from that spill and is interesting in this race full on exposed types.
Last time at Ayr, Mamdood was travelling well just behind the leaders when he clipped heels and came down, but looked like he would have played a part in the finish. He gets to run here off a 1lb ower. Mamdood now finds himself on his last winning mark and has run well at Musselburgh on both the flat and over hurdles. Likely to be a decent price and an interesting each-way proposition.
Aurora Eclipse is a bit of a left-field selection, as has shown next to nothing in four starts for Kevin Coleman. All those starts were on good or yielding ground and Aurora Eclipse seems to be at her best when getting proper testing ground.
It was this time last year that she was less than a length behind Make A Challenge at the Curragh, when Make A Challenge was only running off a mark off 88 (now rated 112). Aurora Eclipse is now rated 14lbs lower than that Curragh run. If the ground sees her bounce back to anywhere near her best, she is a big price to hit the frame, particularly with Paddy paying 4 places on this race.
Patient Dream was noted staying on well at the finish on debut at York, shaping like the experience wouldn’t be lost on him. That form has been very strongly franked, with the winner, Gear Up, winning the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York last week. If Patient Dream can build on that debut effort, he should prove difficult to beat now.
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