I really like PRADO here, with my one reservation being the soft ground – although, that should also inconvenience a few of her rivals.
I was very taken by her debut, where she missed the break and came from last to first in a decent overall time. Also, given her trainers horses tend to improve a lot for their first runs, I reckon she could find the improvement to go close here.
Happy Romance sets the standard, though I’m not sure 7 furlongs on soft ground will bring out the best in her. Pomelo was impressive on debut, but the time and form of that success doesn’t add up to a huge amount, for all she won easily and can improve.
If the ground was to dry out significantly, I’d be quite confident with Ryan Moore booked to take the ride, she may be worth chancing either way though.
SIR BUSKER has been seriously progressive this season and ran a huge race on his latest start when clocking a very impressive closing sectional.
His proven ability to handle both the ground and track are obvious positives, and he looks to have everything in his favour on this step up to Group company.
It is also likely that Oisin Murphy will switch to take the ride, which would be another plus as Benbatl is now a non-runner on the prevailing heavy ground conditions.
DEADHEAT caught the eye with the way he travelled into the race last time in Killarney off a five-month break.
That was only his second run for his new yard and given he has form on soft ground in France the conditions shouldn’t pose a problem.
I’m hoping he steps forward from his run over a week ago and if he does, he should go close.
SCARDURA was having his first run over fences and off a break when filling the runner-up spot at Stratford at the beginning of July.
That was a very competitive novice chase on that occasion with the form being franked in the interim.
He runs off a mark of 127 here, in what looks a winnable race given the exposed nature of some of his rivals. With a clear round of jumping, he should be bang there at the finish.
ATALANTA’S BOY drops in grade here after finishing 25th of 27 in the Stewards Cup, though you can put a line through that run as he completely missed the break. He is better judged on his form from Windsor and Chelmsford this season, where he was decent on the clock on both occasions.
He has form on all types of ground, so there’s no issue there and he’s also got a win to his name over course and distance, which bodes well for his chances.
This looks a weak race and I believe he could prove difficult to beat.
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