Most of these will be winning races in due course. If the quick ground was to blame for Rival’s underwhelming second run, he comes right back into the reckoning.
But the safer choice is KEEP RIGHT ON, who looks an uncomplicated type and seems sure to be thereabouts.
This revolves around BLOWING WIND, who excelled himself in Listed company last time and is thrown in if that can be believed.
The likeliest beneficiary, should the selection fail to repeat that form, is Bonnyrigg, who had excuses at York and looks ideally berthed in stall 1.
An intriguing three-year-old handicap. Among those coming into the race in top form is SURREY PRIDE (NAP), and Joseph Tuite’s well-bred colt is taken to continue on an upward curve and shrug off a 6lb rise for his Newbury win.
Rosa Gold has been hard for the handicapper to tie down and should go well again, with Chichester still open to improvement as well.
A wide-open handicap. Endowed still looks unexposed having had an excuse on his latest start, and he should go close if getting the breaks.
But, preference is for SIR MAXIMILIAN, who showed he’s far from a back number over course and distance last time. He has slipped to a mark 2lb lower than when winning this corresponding race 12 months ago.
Punters have a choice between recent form and potential. The three-year-olds Lumination and especially Montanari are open to improvement in their second seasons, but both have absences to overcome.
Preference is for BARYSHNIKOV, who has been knocking on the door in handicaps, has guaranteed fitness on his side and whose winning turn will hopefully have come at last.
It’s difficult to rule any of these out. Dark Lochnagar should be suited by the return to 1m 4f, as should Infrastructure, who shaped nicely on his reappearance and has a healthy course record.
However, marginal preference is for GABRIALS BOY, who has been absent since June but certainly gives the impression there’s better to come from him.
Mick Channon’s three-year-old Wightman is 8lb ahead of the handicapper after his comfortable recent success at Salisbury, but had to settle for fourth at Haydock yesterday.
Perhaps the answer may be PACINO, who had his stamina stretched over the extended 1m 2f here last time, but still ran very well. His stablemate Penwortham will be suited by today’s step back up in trip after a good 6 furlongs run three weeks ago, but has been dealt a duff hand draw-wise.
As such, last year’s winner Parys Mountain may be the main danger to the selection.
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