COLOMBE ran creditably on debut at Chepstow with cut in the ground and can open her account with improvement likely on similar going here. She was beaten only be a better fancied stablemate on that occasion and looks well up to winning a race of this nature.
Mutasallem is a danger on debut if he is fully fit and handles conditions. Prospect can’t be discounted after a solid start to his career at Pontefract and he may progress with Buick booked to ride.
RECON MISSION should appreciate conditions dropped back to five furlongs and looks set for a big run after a fine effort at Chester. He is now 1lb below his last winning mark and seemingly has plenty going for him here.
Aljady has a big shout having been beaten just two lengths in the Stewards’ Cup from 1lb higher last time, while Arecibo is likely to give it his usual good shot.
HUDDLETON MAC made a very encouraging start when finishing second at Ascot last month and can put that experience to good use with improvement surely on the way.
Both him and the winner pulled clear of some rivals that had already showed fairly useful form, so it is worth viewing that race positively.
Tricolore also seems sure to progress from his Yarmouth debut, while Invincible Soldier looks one of the more interesting newcomers.
BLUE HERO has shown promise both starts to date, shaping a bit better than the distance beaten suggests when third at Wolverhampton three weeks ago.
He’s open to further progress on just his third start and earns the vote equipped with a first-time visor, which should sharpen him up further. Cider Apple, who ran well at Leicester herself recently, and Valorant are feared most.
Lots with chances, but at the likely odds it’s worth siding with DOURADO who arrives on the back of a very solid second over course and distance (excellent form) and now figures on a good mark too.
Unexposed three-year-old duo Mr Poy and Arabic Charm head up the list of dangers, although C&D scorer Crystal Casque is also worth considering.
RISK TAKER‘s soft-ground handicap win at Haydock has worked out well so is worth another chance having disappointed at Newbury since. That was his first run for seven weeks, so he is entitled to strip fitter now, and still fares on a fair mark.
Rectory Road ran his best race for this yard when only just failing off this mark at Bath last week despite a very slow start, so is another to consider along with improving three-year-old Cosmic Power.
WIN O’CLOCK has been contesting stronger handicaps than this over the summer and he should get back to winning ways here. He is best not judged on his latest effort at Goodwood, not looking comfortable on the track, and a return to a more galloping track will suit.
Moomba is an unexposed colt who may find further improvement and shouldn’t be far away. Zambezi Magic may make it a clean sweep for the three-year-olds.
SWEET REWARD is a three-year-old going the right way and can make light of a 6lb rise for Newbury.
Alborkan, who returns for a yard which continues in form, and Tiger Zone are other low-mileage three-year-olds who may have more to come, while Harlow has been knocking on the door this term and is also respected.
Cases can be made for several, but NOBLE DAWN is the most striking candidate, making her handicap debut off what could turn out to be a lenient mark.
She did the job well on the all-weather when last seen in December, conditions won’t be a problem (not beaten far on heavy ground at Haydock on sole turf start) and Jim Crowley is an eye-catching jockey booking. Mephisto and Arij are the main dangers.
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