Raaeq has some strong two-year-old form to his name, finishing runner-up in a warm Salisbury novice on debut, before getting the better of Establish (now verging on smart) on just his second run, putting his experience to good use to get his head in front late on.
Eleven months on and Raaeq shaped well on his handicap debut over this course and distance, racing freely upped in trip but taking a step forward nonetheless, ultimately just edged out by one who prevailed under a well-judged ride from the front.
Raaeq will go on improving and there is surely more to come from him with a first outing of the season now under his belt.
Magical Wish took a while to get going after the restart, but there is no doubt he is in good heart now. He ran right up to his best when second at Goodwood in July, suffering interference two furlongs out, and, granted the run of the race, he went one better at Doncaster the following month, showing a good attitude to land the odds. He again showed his battling qualities when runner-up at Goodwood last time, just edged out by one suited to the conditions. He has been nudged up 2 lb for that effort but must be respected in his current mood.
Moonlight In Paris is a strong, attractive filly who took the eye prior to her debut at Nottingham in November, and she duly made a successful start to her career amid signs of greenness. Seven months on and she was found out at listed level, still showing signs of inexperience as she failed to fully settle, but not unduly punished as she finished sixth. Stepped back down in grade, she ran her best race to finish second at Newmarket last time, conceding 7 lb to the winner, doing her best work late on. Those that race prominently at this trip here are usually favoured, but the predicted pace is a strong one, which may bring Moonlight In Paris’ stamina into play and prove a big advantage.
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