Pretty Lady showed improved form to open her account in good style at Wolverhampton last time, looking well suited by the return to an artificial surface and the step back up to six furlongs.
That wasn’t the strongest handicap, but Pretty Lady had plenty in hand under this rider, leaving the impression that she would go well again, and Oliver Stammers is able to claim his full 7 lb this time due to the conditions of the race, which means Pretty Lady is effectively only 4 lb higher.
Benny And The Jets is a better and much more consistent horse on the all-weather, so it is best to forgive him his latest effort when running poorly back on turf at Sandown last time. He is much better than that, and it is worth noting he was sent off favourite on that occasion, too.
Benny And The Jets is now 4 lb higher in the weights – and 5 lb above his last winning mark – but the rating he ran to at Wolverhampton the time before leaves him well handicapped here, and he is fancied to resume winning ways.
The wheels came off for Notforalongtime at Sandown last time, but he had looked progressive beforehand, winning three in a row, and he may be worth giving another chance.
That was the first time in his career that he has disappointed, the writing on the wall from over two furlongs out, and the way he dropped away suggests he wasn’t 100 per cent. Notforalongtime has been freshened up since, and he could still be well handicapped if back to his best. It will be hard to keep him out of the places if so.
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