FITZROVIA wasn’t seen to best effect when fourth on her most recent outing at Bath, meeting trouble at a crucial stage of the race and looking likely to have finished closer (beaten two and a quarter lengths) with a bit more luck. She is certainly on a fair mark and has shaped as if back in form, so this looks a good opportunity for her to resume winning ways.
BLACKCURANTSPANGLE ran his best race yet when sixth at Windsor last time, making steady headway in the closing stages after being left with too much to do. He remains open to more improvement and is one to be positive about now starting out in handicaps from a lowly mark, representing the Charlie Fellowes yard that continues in good heart (73% of horses running to form).
MAHOMES is fancied to make a winning debut in this minor event. Trained by John Gosden, he is bred in the purple, being by Dubawi out of the multiple Group 1 winner The Fugue, and it will be interesting to see whether the market speaks in his favour, especially as Golden Flame sets a fairly useful standard for the newcomers to match.
LIGHT REFRAIN stepped up markedly on her debut form when fourth at Doncaster last time, making most of the running before being pegged back in the final furlong, still going down by just three quarters of a length in a bunched finish. That appeals as strong form and she is fancied to put her experience to good use here against a field full of newcomers, with further progress not out of the question on just her third start.
TIME SCALE won two of her first three starts and improved again when fourth in a Group 2 at Newmarket last time, keeping going well to be beaten less than a length. That contest could hardly have worked out better – the runner-up Fev Rover and third Santosha have both won in pattern company subsequently – and the omens look good for Time Scale as she attempts to do likewise here, rating very much the one to beat if arriving in peak condition after two months on the sidelines.
CHIL CHIL showed improved form to resume winning ways at Ascot last month, quickening smartly to lead in the final furlong, ultimately landing the spoils by a length and three quarters in comfortable fashion. She is 9 lb here but doesn’t look to have finished improving yet, so it will be disappointing if she can’t mount a bold follow-up bid, with a step up to listed or minor pattern company likely to be on her agenda in the autumn.
REIMS shaped encouragingly when third on her handicap debut at Wolverhampton, expending too much energy in the early stages and doing well under the circumstances to hang around for as long as she did, still beaten less than three lengths. That was her first start for this yard after eight months off, so she is a big player from the same mark if making the expected improvement.
NASRAAWY improved again when last seen making his handicap bow at Yarmouth in July, finding only one too good for the third start in succession (pulled clear of the rest). Still green on that occasion, he has been gelded in the interim and is only 3 lb higher here, which could underestimate him if finally putting it all together.
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