This is an excellent opportunity for WINTER POWER, who bolted up in a Redcar nursery in July and has had excuses the next twice. C&D maiden winner Risk Of Thunder looks best of the rest.
Her sixth place in a Doncaster handicap last time out reads well in today’s context and LITTLE INDIA gets the nod ahead of the unexposed 3yo Chichloui. Queen Mia is an each-way player.
The lightly raced 4yo TERMONATOR reappeared with an encouraging fifth over 1m1f at Hamilton in August and he could well take after his dam Easy Terms, who got better with time and distance for the Tuer stable. Olympic Conqueror had a wide trip on his return to action at Chester and is feared most, with El Picador another for whom things didn’t work out last time.
The Tim Easterby-trained 3yo MAGIC VOICE (nap) has shown promise in his first two handicaps and can get off the mark. How Bizarre has continued in good form since winning at Musselburgh in July and is feared most, with Thirsk winner Challet and Redcar runner-up Absolute Dream also considered.
Dreamseller and Lexington Warfare come here in good form but so does MUSTAQBAL who ran promisingly at Ayr last week when the final furlong was a disaster area, and this slower ground can only help. La Voix Magique was always on the back foot when returned to 7f at Catterick and looks well worth another go at 1m, while it’s possible that a wind operation will have helped Kermouster.
It might be best to focus on the two recent winners. Pythagoras certainly has more to offer but preference is for INNSE GALL who has already proven himself over C&D and in this sort of contest. Red Right Sand is one who would enter calculations if strong in the market.
Royal Residence (second), Abel Handy (fourth) and I Am A Dreamer (sixth) all ran well in the Great St Wilfrid over C&D but preference is for BROKEN SPEAR, who went very close at Chester recently. Roundhay Park also arrives in good form but Royal Residence is feared most.
Lion’s Vigil’s defeat here last time came in a pretty ordinary contest and while he is not bred to improve for 2m he races as though he might have some potential for a staying trip. Even so, INDIAN VISION has less to prove on the stamina front and there was plenty to like about his comeback at Musselburgh. Kitty’s Cove is likely to play her part again.
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