There was promise in Wor Willie’s debut run over course and distance in June, but preference is for the William Haggas-trained newcomer FLEUR DE GUY – whose dam was a two-year-old Group 3 winner.
Ballycommon is another interesting debutant, while Fairmac is open to improvement for Mark Johnston on his second start.
Alba Rose sets a good standard having finished second on her debut at Lingfield three weeks ago, and there can be optimism she will improve. But, this could go to the Karl Burke-trained debutant INVINCIBLY, a 125,000gns breeze-up buy who also has an attractive pedigree.
Frankel filly Turandot, a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Amazing Maria, is another newcomer to be interested in.
She was only fifth when odds-on last time out but that run may have come too soon for LOLA SHOWGIRL, who was impressive at Chepstow seven days earlier.
This lightly raced three-year-old is taken to rediscover her progressive thread. Dream World won in good style at Newmarket on Saturday and is feared most.
Handicap newcomer Angel Of The Glen could be a major force if back on a sound surface, while Lorton and Entrancing will have their claims boosted if the ground is on the slow side.
This nursery looks pretty open, but preference is for EMOTIONAL MOMENT in the hope that headgear has a positive effect after her back-to-form second on all-weather last time.
Diamond Haze may prove the next best, with Galah among the others of interest.
Godolphin’s GHALY (NAP) got the job done at Newmarket last time and there can be optimism this lightly raced four-year-old will continue to progress. He is the pick ahead of the well-handicapped Club Wexford, who hasn’t had much luck the last twice.
Northernpowerhouse and Tangled have both won twice this summer and are respected, while Archaeology was a fine second on last Saturday’s reappearance at Redcar and will be a major player if reproducing that form today.
The two well-bred three-year-olds at the bottom of the weights make the most appeal. The unexposed Ispahan is open to improvement now tackling a longer trip on his handicap debut, but it wasn’t hard to get the feeling that ZEEBAND had more left in the tank when beating Akamanto at Ripon and he is preferred.
The Navigator could prove best of the older brigade.
An interesting contest, in which Machree and Gowanbuster are likely to set the pace. They may set things up for VENTUROUS, who can take advantage of the return to this grade.
Son And Sannie and Our Little Pony are others with claims and Autumn Flight could come into it if the ground turns soft.
This might go to four-time course and distance winner THE ARMED MAN, who capitalised upon some significant help from the handicapper when winning at Haydock recently and remains on a workable mark. From a middle draw, his jockey Paula Muir has options.
Lightly raced filly Mina Velour ran well on her seasonal/stable debut and is second choice, but Luxor made good late headway at Chester on his latest outing and also looks interesting.
Fendale and He’zanarab are others for the shortlist.
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