Sea Fox scored over 1m on Polytrack 11 days ago and is a major player again off the same mark here, but slight preference is for the lightly raced 4yo MR MILLARCKY, who overcame trouble when forcing a dead-heat on turf at Lingfield last time and is open to further progress. Another last-time-out winner Freedom And Wheat is respected on his switch back to turf, while Eponina returns to action off a workable mark and needs checking in the market.
Top of the list is the lightly raced 4yo SORBONNE (nap), who has a progressive profile in handicaps this season and is only 1lb higher than for his close second behind a well-handicapped rival at Redcar last Saturday. The admirable veteran Baltic Prince is feared most on his drop back in grade, though Inner Circle has claims if this sets up for his closing style. Another to consider is Grandstand, who has been resurgent with a win and close call here in his last two starts and remains well treated on his old form.
Thrice-raced filly FAMILLE ROSE sets a solid form standard and it’s worth noting that she beat all bar the smart Isabella Giles on her sole run here. That said, she’s taking on several interesting newcomers and any market moves should be noted. Belief, Casuarina, Hidden Breeze and Star Seeking are particularly appealing among the debutantes.
Having finished second in maiden races at two major festivals, TAWLEED looks a winner waiting to happen. Underwater Attack may prove best of the newcomers ahead of Mahaamel, but the betting should help to sort out the pecking order.
There may well be revivals from Thrave and THE GREAT HEIR, and they are the top two on the shortlist. Slight preference is for The Great Heir, who won a Doncaster sales race during this week in 2018. Third choice is the unexposed Sansevero, ahead of resurgent veteran Shady McCoy.
Judged on ratings BUNGLEDUPINBLUE, who has come up against smart filly Happy Romance on two occasions, should take advantage of this drop in class. Teddy B, The Golden Unicorn and Iris Dancer are the main threats on form. Iron Wolf is quite interesting and he could well leave his recent debut effort behind.
An interesting race in which the vote goes to PRINCE ALEX, who has found plenty of improvement with his wins at Windsor and Beverley and may well be able to strike again here to make it 3-3 in handicaps. Second choice is Godolphin’s Bright Start, who has shown clear promise in two middle-distance maidens this summer and looks on a fair mark for his handicap debut. The other one on the shortlist is 4yo Edinburgh Castle, who didn’t get much luck when runner-up in a higher grade at Chester last time.
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