Should he return to the form of his narrow defeat on his C&D debut Twilight Prince would be a major player, but his subsequent Hamilton flop leaves a question mark against him so the vote goes to ITALIAN BREEZE who so nearly got up at Hamilton 16 days ago. His RPR of 79 for that makes him the one to beat. Burscough looks an interesting newcomer so any money for him should be noted.
Hafeet Star probably sets the standard but some of his once-raced rivals might improve past him. Tim Easterby’s colt SHOWALONG was prominent for a long way before finishing sixth in a big field over C&D last month and, given how strong he was in the betting that day, there must be a good chance he can build on that performance. Exalted Leader and Royal Guard are others for the shortlist.
An open-looking handicap in which a low draw could be beneficial and the lightly-raced AW winner SOMMER KATZE is taken to beat another unexposed sort, Starter For Ten, who is having his second run for his current trainer.
Paul Midgley’s sprinters continue in flying form but the extra furlong is the question with Sambucca Spirit, who’s been turned over at short prices. Market support for the lightly raced Viva Voce would look significant back from a break but everything looks in place for JILL ROSE (nap), who’s unlucky not to be 2-2 when facing this trip on slow turf. Hard Solution and Dirchill, who both have good records here, are others to consider.
A few with chances but, in receipt of weight from the two previous winners, preference is for HIPSWAY, who chased home a good filly at Chester. Gift List is next best, although American Anthem has the look of a dangerous newcomer.
A number that tend to do their racing over further and little in the way of obvious pace. My Boy Lewis backers will want to hold their breath as the stalls open and hope he doesn’t give it away completely as he did here last time, while Kyllachy Dragon is still to win on turf and represents a yard that’s been dry in a long while. Mango Chutney holds obvious claims after a solid effort in a race not run to suit last time, while Hachert’s latest run is probably best ignored, but the vote goes to HOUSE DEPOSIT, who ran well in better company at York and has conditions to suit.
There could easily be more to come from King Ragnar but his good recent form was recorded over 7f on fast ground, and we can’t be sure he’ll relish today’s test. Preference is for FENNAAN, who is back on a workable mark after two starts this year and was denied a clear run when a very respectable sixth at Ripon recently. Last-time-out winner Ghaly still has low mileage, while good cases can also be made for Northernpowerhouse and Irreverent.
This is a good opportunity for WAR DEFENDER, who looks pretty exposed after six starts but did very little wrong when second to the favourite at Hamilton this month and is the clear form pick here. Daniel Deronda can pose a threat if the first-time cheekpieces enable him to recapture his debut form but his two subsequent runs have been disappointing. Newcomer Yukon makes appeal on paper.
This might go to ARIJ, who was placed in a big field at Haydock on last month’s handicap debut and has significant potential to build on that performance if the added visor has the desired effect. Jackamundo needs to better his recent efforts but has become well handicapped and will be feared if the ground becomes very testing. Wondrous Words, John Jasper and Smeaton are others to consider.
Although Stonific comes into the equation having raced too keenly at Goodwood last time, slight preference is for the unexposed FRANKENSTELLA, who scored in good style at Pontefract two runs ago and can return to form in first-time cheekpieces.
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