This looks a good opportunity for YORKSHIRE PIRLO, who was a close third at Redcar on his debut and showed plenty of speed again when only just caught on the drop to 5f at Musselburgh in July. Cobweb Corner is untried at this trip but he chased home two useful subsequent winners in an Ascot nursery on his penultimate run and could give the selection plenty to think about if he can recapture that form on this switch back to a maiden.
Lazyitis has finished placed in the last three of her four runs and sets the standard on her close third in fillies’ novice over C&D last time. She’s respected but slight preference is for Kevin Ryan’s TAHONTA, who travelled well for a long way in good 6f event at Haydock on his recent debut and has plenty of scope for progress on this drop in trip. Another interesting contender is the well-bred newcomer Panoramic, who represents a yard with a 27% strike-rate with 2yos here in recent years.
Strangerontheshore shaped with plenty of promise from off the pace at Redcar on her recent debut and looks interesting on this step up in trip, while there are numerous newcomers who need watching in the market including Mark Johnston’s well-related filly Wise Judgement. However, it may be worth sticking with Roger Varian’s ZEYAADAH, who defied market weakness when powering clear at Chelmsford last month and may be able to defy a penalty here to make it 2-2.
Branston Lion is a big player on his clear second at Musselburgh last time and should be unfazed by this return to fast ground, while Urban War scored over 1m at Ripon last month and he’s respected under a penalty for that emphatic win. However, it may be worth siding with SOLID GOLD, who was an eyecatcher when a 2l fifth from the pace at Ascot on his recent debut and has plenty of scope for progress on this step up in trip.
Regal Mirage had a couple of today’s rivals behind him when scoring over C&D five weeks ago, an effort that should be upgraded given he pulled his rider’s arms out in the early stages. Ring Of Gold is unexposed and is bred to appreciate the step up in trip, while Al Khabeer (behind Regal Mirage last month) and Will Sommers are other 3yos who could do better. JUPITER ROAD (nap) has got his act together of late, though, and he still has handicapping scope given his old Irish form. He can complete the hat-trick.
Cottam Lane has shown promise and is respected but JACATTACK looked a winner in waiting when third behind a couple of useful sorts on his Musselburgh debut and he can put that experience to good use.
Lots with chances but it’s hard to ignore the claims of INDIAN SOUNDS who isn’t the first sprinter to have thrived since joining Paul Midgley so is fancied to defy a 3lb rise for his narrow Thirsk defeat and notch win number three of the season. Ginger Jam is always to be respected here so rates a big threat, while North Wind and Tom Tulliver are also well worth a second look in a very competitive sprint.
Ifton is a long-standing maiden but he holds good claims at these weights if the fitting of blinkers spark a resurgence, while Grouseman is another who is well worth considering now back over a more suitable trip. However, the lightly-raced NABLAWYH has the potential to improve past both of them and she gets the vote.
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