Given the support they attracted on their debuts, Attaboy Roy and Brave Blossom may well be capable of better than they showed. Party Rebel and Victim are newcomers from strong stables and are worth a second look but the vote goes to TWILIGHT HEIR, who should be suited by this return to 6f after being beaten at odds-on over 5f last time.
Having returned to form when second in a first-time visor at Ripon last month, POINT OF WOODS has obvious claims off only 1lb higher. Stronsay and Foad may give him most to do.
Should connections decide to turn out Al Mansoura so soon after yesterday’s second at Lingfield, she would hold a favourite’s chance. However, she did have quite a hard race so the vote goes to CARLOVIAN, who is only 1lb higher than for his last success and could take some catching if getting his own way up front. Others to consider include Montalvan and Someone Exciting.
With the Tim Easterby yard in good form, Upstaging is considered along with the well-handicapped Chaplin Bay and Florenza. However, the claims of the unexposed Alioski and progressive INDUCTIVE are more persuasive and Michael Dods’ runner gets the nod despite his higher mark for his two wins at Ayr.
We probably haven’t seen the best of Bollin Neil yet but the one to beat is CORMIER (nap), who won in pretty good style over C&D last month and has run well in defeat since. Point Of Honour is also in good form and is next on the list, while Fair Sheriff and Coup De Gold are two more speculative options to consider.
Not On Your Nellie won with a little up her sleeve at Ripon on her most recent turf start but the fourth there CAPTAIN CORCORAN showed much better form over C&D next time and he is still well treated on his soft-ground form in Ireland. Ventura Express looks well worth a go at 5f and along with Wade’s Express is preferred of the remainder.
Canford Bay has won his only C&D start and looks a big danger but DARK SHOT showed that his many defeats haven’t left their mark on his enthusiasm when winning at Southwell and he is much better handicapped than when close up in a better C&D race last autumn. Thegreatestshowman is preferred of the remainder.
Roman’s Empress is respected under a penalty after her Musselburgh win on Sunday but this is a quick return and there is little between her and out-and-out stayer BOULEVARD BEAUTY on their Redcar run in June when the latter was returning from a layoff. Lord Warburton is a respected rival but these are new conditions after being touched off on the AW on Saturday.
Although THORNTOUN CARE has a bit to find with a couple of these rivals, he is nicely treated and seems to be running into form. He can win again under Amy Collier, with perhaps his main danger coming from the rejuvenated Dance King. Sula Island, Nabhan, Percy Prosecco, Stormin Norman, Three Castles and Tapis Libre will also have their supporters.
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