SPANISH KISS took a big step forward when third on his handicap debut at Lingfield, where he was beaten only two-and-a-quarter lengths by another unexposed sort.
He also shaped better than the bare result given how the race developed, still having plenty to do entering the straight and doing well under the circumstances to finish as close as he did (made eye-catching late headway).
That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, and, with further improvement on the cards, he is fancied to confirm the promise of that latest effort to get off the mark.
GOLDEN PASS didn’t need to improve to open her account at Beverley in June, but there are still plenty of reasons to be positive about what she achieved on that occasion.
That was just her second start and the other principals had always been prominent in a steadily-run race, so the fact she was able to run them down from the rear suggests she is a filly with plenty of ability.
We certainly haven’t seen the best of her yet, with the longer trip here also expected to suit, and she is a confident selection to follow up under a penalty after 11 weeks on the sidelines.
CASA LOUPI drops significantly in grade here, which could prove key after an encouraging display at Sandown last time.
That looked a very strong race of its type – one in which he was racing from 2lb out of the weights – and he wasn’t seen to best effect in sixth, being hampered over a furlong out before putting in some good late work to get within 4-and-a-half lengths of the winner.
He certainly showed enough to suggest he is on a good mark, and this looks an excellent opportunity for him to open his account now back at a more realistic level, with further progress not ruled out either.
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