Top of the list is CHARLIE FELLOWES, who sets the standard on his runner-up efforts in nurseries on Polytrack and slow turf in his last two starts and should appreciate this step back up in trip.
The main form danger is Conspiracy, who was a promising third upped to 6 furlongs on soft ground at Hamliton last time and is open to further progress.
The most interesting newcomer is Omany Amber, who is a half-sister to four winners including a smart 6-furlong juvenile scorer.
Summer Power, Contact and Love Is Golden all have significant potential to progress from their debut efforts, but the standard is set by INTELLO BOY.
He posted a much-improved performance when third at Haydock three weeks ago and is evidently well equipped to cope with any lingering juice in the ground here. Summer Power is second choice.
An interesting race in which the vote goes to JUST HISS, who produced a late thrust to cash in on a reduced mark over course and distance last time and remains well treated on his best form.
Second choice is the well-bred three-year-old Danyah, who still has potential and could resume his progress on this step up to 1m.
Other key players are Hesslewood and Hortzadar who both ran really well to finish second and third behind the selection here 15 days ago.
A deep renewal with seven of the nine previous winners and the maiden Terrichang by no means ruled out after her positive debut at Chester.
However, INTERNATIONALDREAM is solid, boasting some of the best form on show, armed with the most experience and he’s a winner here, which should never be underestimated.
Queen Of Rio is a major player on the figures, though there’s a suspicion she was flattered at York with high numbers at an advantage that day. Roman Dynasty represents the Gimcrack form and is feared most.
There could still be a lot more to come from Pontefract maiden winner Sarvan, who flopped at Glorious Goodwood on his handicap debut, but will find this race easier and remains unexposed.
However, HATS OFF TO LARRY (NAP) will be a tough nut to crack if matching the form of his C&D second in June and he gets the nod.
The most solid contender is dual 1m 2f winner BRUTALAB, who swooped late to score over an extended mile at Hamilton 18 days ago and still looks feasibly treated off 4lb higher here.
The lightly raced four-year-old Blistering Barney looks interesting with a hood added at this new trip and he’s feared most, though triple C&D winner Sands Chorus has dropped a long way in the weights and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he made a bold bid back at this track.
Several have possibilities but the vote goes to LITTLE TED, who has found more progress since his two wins in June and was a clear second behind a very well-handicapped rival on his step up to 1m 2f at Ayr last Monday.
Recent Beverley winner Jupiter Road is the main danger, though Forus has each-way claims and Royal Shaheen could have a big part to play if he responds well to new headgear.
Another to consider is Jamih, who turned things around with a good third off a tumbling mark at Doncaster.
Spirit Dancer has shown plenty of promise in his two runs at Wolverhampton and is strongly respected on this switch to turf, but preference is for ABBOTSIDE, who has been knocking on the door in competitive handicaps in his last two runs and sets a good standard back in a maiden.
Another interesting contender is Kaleidoscopic, who left her initial form well behind when a creditable fourth in a useful novice at Newbury 15 days ago.
This looks wide open, but it might be worth siding with MANZIL, who turned things around with a bold bid over 1m 4f at Beverley last Thursday and is on the same mark on this drop back in trip.
Mac Ailey and Olympic Honour are feared most, though Menin Gate had an excuse when upped to 1m 6f in his hat-trick bid last time and remains feasibly treated on his penultimate form. Others to keep an eye on are Thorntoun Care and N Over J.
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