Almareekh is going from strength to strength this season and she again showed improved form in completing the hat-trick at Salisbury last time, plenty to like about the style of the success as she proved well above her mark. Sir Michael Stoute’s filly is likely to progress again and gets the vote to land the four-timer.
Alfaatik looked to have work to do from his opening mark, not least because he arrived at York after a 15-month absence, but he showed improved form to make a winning return to action, doing well from his position considering the pace they went, a gelding operation looking to have settled him down somewhat. There’s more to come from him if his energies can continue to be channelled correctly, and this step up in trip is likely to suit him well.
Sunset Breeze completed an impressive hat-trick in the summer, landing six-furlong handicaps at Newcastle, Newmarket and Chelmsford, and he returned from an eight-week break with an excellent second at Ascot last week, only losing out to one that looks a good prospect, pulling clear of the rest. He is a tough sort who is open to further improvement and is clearly of interest from an unchanged mark.
Sacred looked a really promising filly when making a winning debut at Newmarket in June, and she confirmed as much in running to a near smart level in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot later the same month, just finding one too strong late on. She looked the form pick in the Lowther at York last time, but again found one too good, pulling clear with the winner but not finding enough in the finish. The Cheveley Park was mooted as an option, but she has plenty of speed and this step back to five furlongs may show her to best effect, in the short term at least.
Revolver has won all six of his races this year, progressing rapidly, and he could very well take this step up to group level in his stride. He had no problem with the step up to this trip at Sandown last time, in fact he relished it, idling briefly but then keeping on strongly to the line. He is still thriving and it is still possible we’re some way from seeing the best of him yet, so he gets the vote to bring up an astonishing seven-timer.
One Ruler produced a promising first effort for all he found subsequent Solario winner Etonian sweeping by late on at Sandown in July, and he duly went one place better over the same course and distance the following month, producing a performance that suggests he would have been well worth his place in the Solario himself, his impressive victory backed up by the clock. He remains open to further improvement and should take all the beating.
A Sharmadal colt whose dam is a half-sister to 1000 Guineas winner Ghanaati, it is fair to say Tawaareq made plenty of appeal on paper ahead of his debut at Sandown last month, and he duly shaped with plenty of encouragement, catching the eye as he kept on for fifth. He has the looks to go with his pedigree, too, and is sure to improve considerably, so should be well up to winning a race of this sort.
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