SIBAAQ benefited for the step up in trip and got off the mark in good style at Beverley last week, making all and quickening up nicely in the last two furlongs. The small field here will suit and he looks capable of following up under a penalty providing he handles this easier ground. London Palladium is ready for a step up to 7f now and can provide the main threat.
QUICKSTEP LADY has shown enough to think a race of this nature is within reach, finding only one who took a significant step forward too strong at Windsor 25 days ago. This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type, and she sets a fairly useful standard, while the return to seven furlongs is also in her favour. Greycoat and The Cincinnati Kid are feared most, in that order.
Marginal preference is for SPANISH STAR who ran well on his first attempt at this trip when second at Lingfield and is already a course winner. He is unexposed at this trip and can prove too strong for Old News, who came good in first-time blinkers at Salisbury last week so is much respected despite saddling a penalty, while Imperial Command is another who needs a second look despite dropping back in distance.
Connections went to 500,000 guineas to acquire LONE EAGLE as a yearling, and following a debut full of promise when second at Sandown three weeks ago, he looks a useful prospect. He is bred to come into his own over middle distances next year, so it is encouraging he showed so much, and he will be hard to beat here granted normal improvement. Zakaria didn’t achieve as much as the selection starting out at the same venue but 1m will suit and he is feared most.
LADY LYNETTA showed much improved form after nine weeks off to score at Haydock earlier this month, suited by the drop in trip and looking much more like the finished article than she had previously. She’s open to further improvement and a subsequent 7 lb rise may not be enough to prevent the follow up. Oti Ma Boati looks the obvious danger following his win at York, ahead of Strict Tempo.
NOONDAY GUN is due to race off a 4 lb higher mark after his impressive success at Catterick so looks well-in under a penalty on handicap bow. This is his first attempt beyond a mile and a half, but he shapes as though he’ll stay further despite what his pedigree might suggest. Sophar Sogood shaped best when runner-up at Yarmouth, running on as if this trip will suit, so is feared most ahead of Relativity.
PETTOCHSIDE is highly effective both at this track and in the mud, so the veteran is well worth chancing in a race where plenty could fail to give their running. The race he contested last time was much superior to this and Pettochside can make his class tell at this level. Saras Hope and Equipped are the main dangers if handling conditions.
Several with chances. DARING GUEST went close at Lingfield last time and Tom Clover’s consistent six-year-old is taken to deservedly get his head back in front again. Ahorsecalledwanda is another who has been knocking on the door and should go well, while the thriving Alba Del Sole would also enter the reckoning if turning up after Chelmsford on Thursday.
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