Blackberry looked a likely type on pedigree ahead of her debut at Hamilton in June, bred to be precocious, and she duly made a winning start in stylish fashion, going with zest and edging out one who had shaped well previously. She didn’t need to match that form to maintain her unbeaten record at Doncaster the following month, defying a penalty to make it two wins in as many runs, but she did lose her 100% record when having little go right in a listed event at York last time, caught on her heels and stumbling soon after halfway. She remains capable of better and is taken to regain the winning thread now dropped back in grade.
Le Chiffre showed improved form to land the odds at Beverley on his handicap debut in June, and he followed that up in good style at Hamilton the following month, defying a penalty to run out a two and a half-length winner. He has run creditably in hitting the frame twice at Beverley since, emerging with his reputation very much intact on both occasions, and with first-time cheekpieces potentially able to eke a little more out of him, he gets the vote to bounce back to winning ways.
Dapper Man is being kept very busy, running nine times since the restart, and though he has yet to win since the resumption, there is every reason to think he remains in form. He has been shaping well in most of his races, and actually put up one of his best performances when third over this course and distance last month. He once again shaped better than the bare result at Newcastle last time, the stiff track not quite playing to his strengths, and he is likely to have some joy from this mark back at a track that is more receptive to his front-running tactics.
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