NASRAAWY continues to go the right way, opening his account despite still showing lingering signs of greenness at Salisbury two weeks ago. That shouldn’t prove his limit, a well-bred sort who had plenty in hand, and he’s fancied to defy an 8 lb rise and make another bold bid given his low-mileage profile. Wait Forever was better than the bare result at Chester and is feared, along with Crystal Pegasus.
A tightly-knit handicap but it could be worth chancing BYRON FLYER, who’s been given a chance by the handicapper now 3 lb below his last winning mark, and has an eye-catching jockey booking. This is an easier handicap than he contested at York last time and the step back up in trip will also be in his favour. C’est No Mour arrives at the top of his game and is feared most ahead of the sole three-year-old Bodyline, who probably still has a bigger performance in him.
James Ferguson has made a bright start to his training career and FRANCESCO GUARDI sets a high standard following his debut win and good third in a listed event at Newbury last time. He was still showing signs of greenness on that occasion, but kept on well in the closing stages suggesting that the step up to a mile would suit. Chalk Stream is a well-bred newcomer from a top yard, but will have to be well above average to lower Francesco Guardi’s colours.
The market will no doubt reveal plenty here with five newcomers on show but there was a lot to like about the debut victory of Sir Michael Stoute’s VILLE DE GRACE at Kempton last time. She was the yard’s first juvenile runner of the season, and was easy to back, so it’s encouraging she showed so much, and is taken to defy a 7 lb penalty now. Arousing is well bred and in excellent hands so rates the biggest threat, although Lady of Desire is another debutante who is well worth a second look.
A winning nursery debut is on the cards for AL SAARIYAH, who has finished second in novice events at Haydock and Newbury the last twice, the winners of which have subsequently been placed in Group company. With that in mind, and opening mark of 78 looks pretty lenient. Judged on her Chepstow effort in June (plausible excuses since), Merry Secret is an appealing value angle for forecast purposes and Coco Bear is also a contender for the runner-up spot.
MOKAATIL looked to be coming to the boil prior to Ascot, and is therefore worth forgiving that below-par effort, so he’s worth another chance in refitted cheekpieces and with a fully-fledged rider now back on board. The return to faster ground ought to be in City Walk’s favour and he’s feared most.
WILD FLOWER has started life for Shaun Keightley in excellent form and can add to her recent Chepstow success under another positive ride. Arzaak is a danger if he can reproduce the form he showed at Southwell last time and the well treated Ginvincible shouldn’t be ruled out with her reappearance likely to have brought her forward.
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