An interesting race in which the vote goes to HER INDOORS, who was an eyecatcher from off the pace on her handicap debut at Kempton last month and could be a major force if she gets more luck on this switch back to turf. September Power is feared most, though Approximate has plenty of stamina in her useful pedigree and could show a lot more upped to this trip in her first handicap. Others who could be dangerous are Willa and Lady Isabel.
This looks tricky but the vote goes to John Gosden’s EL MISK, who had an excuse on slow ground at Haydock last time and is an interesting contender on his near miss in a 1m4f Listed event at Newmarket in June. Desert Fire is feared most on his return to action, though the other Godolphin runner Walton Street went close in a Group 3 in France on his final run last season and could make another bold bid if he can pick up where he left off after a lengthy absence.
Hiconic made it 4-4 over hurdles when defying a triple penalty at Newton Abbot and she’s a fascinating contender now switched to a staying trip back on the Flat. Evaporust won over 2m on AW here last time and could make another bold bid back in trip, while Fulbeck Girl is a big player if she can build on her third at Bath ten days ago. However, the vote goes to RUSSIAN RUMOUR, who got off the mark with a convincing win over 1m6f last month and a 4lb rise for that success looks fair.
Preference is for C&D winner COMPANY MINX (nap), who ran really well to finish close up in a big-field handicap at Ascot on her recent comeback and has leading claims back at this track. Its A Given had an excuse after getting involved in a pace duel at Kempton and she’s feared most on her return to turf, though Portugueseprincess looked stretched over 7f at Sandown last time and it wouldn’t be a surprise if she made a bold bid back at this trip.
The one that appeals most is the unexposed 3yo KING’S KNIGHT, who always looked in control after kicking clear in a 7.4f Beverley novice 16 days ago and is open to further progress off what looks a fair mark on his handicap debut. The main danger is Capla Berry, who won over 7f in her first two handicaps before an unfortunate incident when she clipped heels and unseated her rider at Newbury last time.
There’s good reason to believe that Bellazada (in particular) and Shamardalah can improve on their debut efforts but the same can be said of LITTLE ROLLRIGHT, whose Salisbury third is the best form on offer. That race has worked out well and this filly is bred to go on to better things.
A few to consider but the suggestion is DOURADO, who has run himself back into form and it was a higher grade in which he wasn’t out of place at Sandown last time. Accomplice endured a horror passage on the AW here recently after running so well at Salisbury and she’s second best, ahead of Keeper’s Choice.
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