This should revolve around DEVIL’S CUB and Coul Kat who filled the first two places in a 1m Bath nursery 17 days ago. The latter made a bold bid in that race but Devil’s Cub produced a strong finish to come out on top and may well be able to confirm the placings and complete a double here.
Mark Johnston’s Ubari could show a lot more upped to this trip on his nursery debut and he needs checking in the market, while Astapor also looks interesting on his first try at 1m.
This can go to the well-bred IL BANDITO, who sets a useful standard on his close second at Beverley 14 days ago and is open to further progress.
Fabilis didn’t live up to market expectations at Newbury but that was on testing ground behind a subsequent Listed runner-up and it would be no surprise if this Frankel colt left that form behind on his second start. Another to keep an eye on is Ask The Wind, who was an eye-catcher at Windsor on her debut and should appreciate this step up in trip.
Plenty have possibilities in an open race but the vote goes to SWISSAL, who finished well to go close over C&D last time and is a major player if he can back that up off only 1lb higher here.
Fact Or Fable and Tawaafoq are feared most, though Red Bravo is respected after his close call here last month and Amberine could make another bold bid back up in trip. Others on the shortlist are Our Man In Havana and Gherkin.
Pastfact has been resurgent with C&D wins on his last two starts and remains well treated on his old form, while Creek Harbour landed a classified event in good style last time and he’s respected back in a handicap.
Under Curfew is a big player off the same mark as for his apprentice handicap success at Bath, but GLAMOROUS CRESCENT also escapes a penalty for her win over a clear second at Lingfield last week and she gets the vote on this drop back in trip.
Last year’s runner-up and recent Bath winner Handytalk should be able to grab the favoured stands’ rail and could be tough to reel in, though GAMBON is entitled to give it a good go with the pair closely matched on a recent course encounter.
Also well drawn is Eye Of The Water and after near misses at Windsor he’s next on the list.
Ready preference is for VIVACIOUS BOY, who has leading prospects on his improved last-time-out second on his nursery debut at Ayr and is open to further progress for his leading yard, especially if able to break more alertly this time. Holbache is next best ahead of Costa Teguise.
This can go to WIFF WAFF (nap), who has clearly got his mojo back and, although back up the weights, he’s been competitive off higher marks in the past.
David’s Beauty is always to be respected here and, with the stands’ rail the preferred place to be this season, from stall ten Jaganory can also have a say.
Plenty of dead wood here in a race in which 3yo fillies COMBINE and promising Newmarket debut fourth By Starlight appeal most.
A three-month absence since the last-named’s good first effort is a slight concern so marginal preference is for Combine, who did well to come from last place and stay on for fourth place on Wolverhampton AW last time.
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