This will be a thorough test for two-year-olds and Keep Right On, who was second to a smart horse on his debut over 7 furlongs, doesn’t have as stout a pedigree as some of these.
Preference is for his stablemate GRAND SCHEME, who is bred to stay well and ran a nice first race over an inadequate trip at Salisbury. The same comment is very true of This Ones For Fred, who could provide the main threat.
He needs to bounce back from a poor show last time, but BEALACH has a decent form chance judged on earlier outings, a wind operation will hopefully help and his trainer’s record in this race heightens interest.
Salamanca School’s achievements in the mud last season make him the chief danger, ahead of Lady Magda and Elham Valley.
Although there are positives elsewhere, Ice Sprite and URBAN ARTIST (NAP) are the two to concentrate on.
The former is 2-2 in handicaps and finished off her 11.4 furlongs race on soft ground last time in sterling fashion, but Urban Artist gives the strong impression that she can follow in the footsteps of her dam Cill Rialaig who graduated from success in bumpers to emerge as a useful handicapper under Flat rules.
Atalanta’s Boy is better than his Stewards’ Cup run and could resume his progress, with Chairmanoftheboard and Louie De Palma also considered.
Everything looks in place for a mighty run from ALAADEL though, and his Chester effort ten days ago was hugely encouraging.
This looks tricky, but IT’S GOOD TO LAUGH having shown he acts on soft ground puts him narrowly at the top of the list.
It’s possible that blinkers can unlock more from Native Tribe and he is the next best, ahead of Fiji.
D’Bai had Snazzy Jazzy and HAPPY POWER behind when winning at Haydock but the last named, who has since been a good winner at Salisbury, may prove best suited by these conditions and he already has smart form here.
Escobar’s challenge petered out quickly at York last week, but a previous third here suggests he can also be involved if back to his best. Meanwhile, the return to 7 furlongs could be a good move for Cloak Of Spirits.
Suns Up Guns Up can build on the promise of his Kempton debut, but MODMIN has shown plenty of ability in his two runs and this looks a golden opportunity for him to get off the mark.
As at Salisbury recently, Mountain Rescue will probably attempt to make all and should give it a good go, but there’s no guarantee of an easy lead.
It might set up nicely for TRIPLE NICKLE, whose assured stamina can prove her trump card.
She might not be strikingly well handicapped, but last year’s runner-up LUNA MAGIC has plenty of other factors in her favour. Beau Geste could be the danger if handling conditions, with Roller also respected.
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