A few of these have already shown ability including Dewey Road and Solent Gateway, but despite his penalty NASTASE is taken to follow up his narrow Chepstow win.
Both he and his nearest victim pulled 5 lengths clear of the others and his proven ability to act with cut in the ground could be a key factor.
The drop in grade is a plus for Love Powerful whose Kempton performance last time is easy enough to forgive.
She seems to act on any ground, but preference is for EYE OF THE WATER (NAP) who also likes to get his toe in and whose two previous starts over C&D resulted in a win and a second to a subsequent winner.
Big Les is another worthy of respect after last month’s Ayr success.
There is little doubt that Lyons Lane has been something of a revelation since the cheekpieces were added and she has to be taken seriously in her bid for the four-timer, but BELLEVARDE looks especially interesting as her only win since June 2019 came on the one occasion she was dropped into 0-75 company.
Testing conditions wouldn’t be an issue for her and the return to a soft surface may also result in a better performance from Crime Of Passion.
A few of these have questions to answer including KAFEE after his moderate effort at Sandown last time, but he looked a progressive sort before that and is taken to bounce back.
Global Warning shaped as though he would benefit from a return to this trip last time, while market support for Mutarabby on his debut for John Butler would be interesting.
This is trappy to say the least. DESERT ENCOUNTER, Alounak and Communique have clashed on a few occasions already this season and all have verdicts over each other.
The first-named has brought his best to this meeting for the last two years so is perhaps the most solid option having had that pair and Le Don De Vie behind him at Glorious Goodwood, although Hughie Morrison’s charge did meet trouble.
Sextant has won at this level and also can’t be ruled out if recapturing his best form on the back of his reappearance.
Although FOX CHAIRMAN and King Ottokar have near-identical claims on their close encounter at Royal Ascot last year it is Andrew Balding’s horse who has progressed best.
On the back of a rock-solid second in Group 2 company and with no qualms about him on this softer ground, he’ll be tough to conquer.
It’s hardly a given that King Ottokar will be all the better for being gelded, so the danger may come from the uncomplicated Extra Elusive – especially if he’s granted any freedom up front.
In a wide-open handicap it could pay to chance GREY FOX, who is downgraded from a pair of Class 5 handicaps at Sandown and he might benefit from getting back on softer ground.
Glen Esk is worth trying over this far and he’s second choice, ahead of Grouseman, Astroman and Good Time Charlie.
Under these conditions Mister Dependable could have his stamina stretched over this far, so preference is for MAYKIR, for all that a 6lb rise for his recent win seems quite harsh.
Fivehundredmiles can also make his presence felt.
Softish turf is a complete unknown for Yarmouth winner Winter Snowdrop but it won’t bother SHERWOOD FORRESTER, who made a pleasing return to action here recently. Saw The Sea could go well if building on a slightly better run the other day.
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