This looks a useful handicap but the one that makes the most appeal is DUSK. She is a very well-bred filly out of the same connections’ Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Dank, and she has improved with each of her three runs so far.
Her best run came when runner-up at Lingfield on handicap debut last time, leaving the impression that that race didn’t get to the bottom of her, not ideally suited by the test of speed at the trip at a sharp track. The switch back to turf, plus the more galloping nature of Yarmouth, which has a long straight, should allow her to gather momentum, and she is expected to be seen in a much better light.
A small but select field for this feature contest with none of the quartet ruled out. STAR OF WINS gets the narrow vote to come out on top having made the perfect start to life in handicaps when scoring in game fashion at Sandown last month. That form is working out with the runner-up winning their next start, and he can complete the hat-trick with the promise of more to come. Alan King’s Tritonic just shades the forecast spot, ahead of Thibaan.
This doesn’t look the strongest minor event, and CONSERVATOIRE, a well-bred newcomer from a top yard, is fancied to get her career off to the perfect start. She is well related and the yard’s newcomers always have to be respected. Toussarok ran below form on his nursery debut last time but is a previous winner so has to be respected back in novice company, while Razor Glass is another debutante to note.
KINGMANIA has an attractive pedigree with plenty of stamina in it, and she has shaped well over six furlongs on both of her starts so far. She was well backed for her latest start at Pontefract last month, but didn’t progress as expected, still looking inexperienced and also looking outpaced once the leaders picked up entering the straight. The step up to seven furlongs now will suit and she is bred to be much better than an opening mark of 66 and it will be disappointing if she doesn’t go close at a track trainer Chris Wall has a good record.
SPIRITED GUEST capitalised on the drop in grade when nosing ahead late over six furlongs here last time and, this race doesn’t look much stronger, so is fancied to follow up having gone up only 2 lb. Haveoneyerself shaped as if still in form in a better race at Newmarket last time, so he’s also considered along with Colonel Frank.
TAGOVAILOA has run two of his best races in handicaps the last twice, so arrives in form, and is dropping in grade now. He looks the safest option in a race that probably won’t take a lot of winning. Devils Roc is preferred to Spring Bloom for the forecast.
The two against the field are OBEE JO and Herringswell, both of whom performed better than their finishing positions suggested last time. The latter was too keen at Newmarket and she boasts a good record here, but preference is for Obee Jo, who has dipped to a lowly mark and shaped as though crying out for another crack at this trip when fourth at Newcastle. Gold Brocade is best of the rest.
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