LIGHTLY SQUEEZE showed improved form to complete a quick-fire hat-trick over hurdles at Plumpton back in January, and he was in the process of running well from a whopping 17lb higher when departing at the last in the Betfair Hurdle the following month, looking sure to play a hand in the finish.
He made rapid progression over hurdles and looks potentially well treated now back on the Flat.
SERIES OF DREAMS was much improved from her debut when runner-up at Yarmouth last month, still showing signs of greenness but deserving of extra credit for coming from off the pace.
She remains open to further progress and holds leading claims.
BIELSA made it four wins from five starts on his final appearance of last season, and after disappointing in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot on his return to action, he took a step back in the right direction when fourth in a good quality event over this course and distance last time.
He shaped as if he might still be building up his fitness on that occasion, and with two outings now under his belt, a big showing is expected from Kevin Ryan’s charge.
SHEPHARDS WAY showed much improved form to land the odds over this course and distance last time, looking suited by the return to a well-run five furlongs.
She is up 7lb for that win but has the potential for better still and is certainly one to keep on side.
A New Approach filly who is a sister to the useful Sawwaah, MIZAAJ makes plenty of appeal on paper ahead of her debut.
She is bred to be precocious – her brother won on debut – and looks worth chancing to open her account at the first time of asking.
DANIELSFLYER has fallen to a career low mark and turned in easily his best effort of the season at Beverly last time, beaten only by one coming from further back.
He has come down a long way in the weights and is one to be interested in from this sort of mark.
DARK LOCHNAGAR has struggled to recapture the pick of his 2019 form this season, but he did run better when fourth at Ayr last time, and he is a must for the shortlist now dropped in grade.
Keith Dalgleish has his string in top nick at present as well, and with conditions looking to be falling in his favour, Dark Lochnagar looks a good option to belatedly regain the winning thread.
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