The ground will be drying all the time with the forecast and it will be decent ground come the first race time. Ataser finished a length and a quarter in front of Mayaas last time at York, but Mayaas was very slow away that day. Connections have also stuck the cheek pieces on him, to sharpen him up.
He is 3lbs better off with Ataser and that will swing it in his favour. Twilight Song is the other one that is interesting after a cosy success at Salisbury. A line through Olympic Theatre that ran in his maiden at Windsor, and then wasn’t too far behind Altaser at York, would make him dangerous.
Twilight Song gets the vote with William Buick a strong booking.
This is a really good Listed with lots of familiar names. Frankie Dettori is teaming up with old sparring partner Johnny Murtagh and that is bound to attract support as Johnny is having a great run in the Irish training ranks this year.
Moss Gill will have lots of supporters after that cracker of a run behind Battaash at York, while Dakota Gold is a very solid performer at this level. He is very fast and won the ‘Beverley Bullet’ a couple of runs back,
Makanah has strong form at the track but tends to edge left late on in his races. A stall 9 draw means he will be edging to the rail all the time, towards the end.
Three-time winner Acklam Express gets a huge weight allowance as a two-year-old, carrying just 8st 8lb compared to the 10st 2lb of Dakota Gold. That swings it for me and Aclam Express gets the nod.
We swap to racing on the artificial surface at Kempton and there’s a few unexposed types who head the market. Itkaann has won his last two starts but the form of his win at Salisbury has taken a hit. Trainer Owen Burrows has a nice team of horses and he will be hoping his charge can keep improving.
Raaed won easily for Brian Meehan last time, but the horses that finished behind him have let the form down. Flaming Spear has been in free-fall handicap wise and connections have reached for the blinkers.
He last won at this track in November 2018, when rated 109. Now he’s only 90. That looks too tempting and he’s the each-way selection.
The 7f Group 3 Sceptre Stakes sees Jubiloso back on the comeback trail after a disappointing run in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, finishing last when favourite behind Nazeef.
Here form in the Coronation Stakes at last year’s Royal meeting would make her a strong choice in this normally, but she has not produced that level of form since.
Charlie Fellowes’ Onassis looks to have decent each-way claims based on her Ascot and Chantilly wins and may have been forgotten in the market.
Althiqa and Cloak of Spirits ran in very bad ground at Deauville and performed with real credit. On this forecast decent ground, Althiqa is the selection.
Sky Defender heads the weights and it’s a nice opportunity for his young rider Oliver Stammers.
Derevo has run in some big handicaps since his win on the all weather at Newcastle last year. It was slow ground last time at York when he finished sixth, so any market move needs to be noted.
Data Protection has a solid profile after his game win at Sandown. Hypothetical was highly tried behind Berlin Tango and Pyledriver at Kemptonbut in graded company but was very disappointing at the Royal meeting in handicap company. He still can’t be dismissed for the Gosden and Dettori combo though.
Starcat is the pick though. He ran well when hampered at Goodwood and ran respectively in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier in the season. He wears a tongue tie for the first time and is a good each-way play.
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