This looks a good renewal of this listed event for juveniles, and BAHRAIN PRIDE makes plenty of appeal following his impressive debut win at Windsor earlier this month. His sales price more than doubled to 300,000 guineas at the Breeze-Ups earlier this year, and he caught the eye when getting the better of a well-backed newcomer, always travelling well and scything through the pack to challenge a furlong from home before asserting in the closing stages. Bahrain Pride looks potentially smart and is expected to take this step up in class in his stride.
Sarvan landed a gamble in good style at Pontefract on his penultimate start, showing near-smart form to open his account over this trip. He is best not judged on his latest effort over a mile and a half at Goodwood last time, shaping as though the step up in trip was too much, racing freely in the early stages and ultimately paying for it late in the day.
Based on his Pontefract win, a handicap mark of 90 is well within his compass, and the return to a mile and a quarter will suit.
A big run looks on the cards.
Royal Shaheen hasn’t won for 12 months, but he has been shaping well of late, and he appears to be coming to the boil nicely. He showed his best form in a while upped to this trip with the visor back on at Hamilton last time, taking a big step back in the right direction. He is now 4lb below his last winning mark, gets first-time cheekpieces and should be in the mix in this field.
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