LULLABY MOON ran too badly to be true when finishing down the field in the Super Sprint at Newbury, but she had created a good impression when winning at this course on debut and is worth another chance. She is representing her third trainer on just her third start – she moved from Joe Tuite to Michael Bell and is now with Ralph Beckett – but remains with potential and the step up to six furlongs should suit.
POMELO has an excellent pedigree – by Dubawi out of Group 1 winner Emulous – and she created a taking impression on debut at Newbury last month, looking something out of the ordinary. She travelled powerfully at Newbury and led on the bridle two furlongs out before forging clear under just a hands-and-heels ride. She is a very exciting prospect and can take this step up in class in her stride.
A lot of these are potentially well handicapped but out of form. However, MAGICAL WISH arrives on the up and produced a career-best effort to score at Doncaster last time. He was a good second over this course and distance last month and then took a small step forward at Doncaster, showing a good attitude to prevail by a neck. He has gone up only 2 lb and, with a good value claimer in the saddle, he is the percentage call.
SUBJECTIVIST wasn’t at his best in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York last week, but that race placed too much of an emphasis on speed, and he will be well suited by stepping up in trip here. He has developed into a smart performer this term and the form of his close-up third here in the Gordon Stakes last month is the best on offer. He can bounce back under more favourable conditions.
This is a competitive race but REGAL REALITY makes most appeal on the back of a decisive win in the Sovereign Stakes last time. He has been campaigned over a mile and a quarter for most of his career, but the drop back to a mile didn’t prove a problem at Salisbury last time, where he proved as good as ever. He won over this course and distance as a three-year-old and is proven on testing ground, so looks a solid proposition.
PAST MASTER landed this race last season and he shaped with encouragement on his reappearance at Haydock earlier this month, just fading in the final couple of furlongs in the style of a horse who will come on for the run. He’s just 3 lb higher than his last winning mark and has won on soft ground, so a bold bid looks on the cards.
JUNKANOO was a big price when winning here last month, but there was no fluke about the success. He showed much improved form to get off the mark in a competitive handicap, sticking to his task well after being produced to lead inside the final half-furlong, and a 4 lb rise in the weights does not look severe. It’s still early days for the three-year-old, who has raced only six times, so he could have a bit more to offer.
YUKON MISSION was an unlucky loser at Pontefract last time as she met plenty of trouble and finished with running left to give. Her mark has been left unchanged, however, and this looks a good opportunity for her to gain some compensation, provided she handles these testing conditions.
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