Roydmoor had similar form in his initial efforts on turf, before a lesser show on AW on his latest start, the Windsor runner-up SIR MAXI has run just the once and should find improvement to go one better this time. They dominate calculations.
This looks trappy, with most of the field having something to prove on one count or another. Lezardrieux comes here on the back of a good second at Catterick but he still has to prove he can be as effective at 6f. Penny Pot Lane could revive at this level but DILITHIUM has suggested he’s capable of winning a small race and perhaps the addition of headgear will be the catalyst for him to deliver a bigger performance.
A fascinating handicap with several of the field happiest on the sharp end. Mountain Brave ran a cracker last time and is respected, while Last Surprise may eventually prove as good on turf and Gale Force Maya continues on her upward curve. STORMY GIRL‘s Listed win over C&D last month was a fine effort though and she wasn’t disgraced in a 7f Group 3 last week. The drop back in trip will help and she may be able to defy top weight.
All have something to prove. This season’s form is the worry for BAILARICO but he might be worth another chance on this second run since wind surgery, having kept on late in the day on the Lingfield Polytrack last time. He has nothing to prove in terms of stamina, unlike Good View who is the most interesting of his rivals following an encouraging British debut over 1m4f last week.
Homespin could be capable of better at this trip and isn’t dismissed lightly, while Gift Of Kings is open to further progress and this is a drop in class for Archie Perkins. None appeals more than HIGHWAYGREY (nap), though, with Tim Easterby’s 4yo already having posted three C&D wins this summer and his penultimate run at Chester suggesting the handicapper hasn’t caught up just yet.
Although Seagulls Nest and Red Derek have shown ability, easily the two most plausible winners are OPERA GIFT and Duck And Vanish. With the last named needing a turnaround following his wind surgery in early July, preference is for the Balding-trained Opera Gift who made promising late gains last week on his debut over 1m2f.
Several of these like to get on with it and this should be run at a solid pace. The class-dropping Irv, Dancin Boy, Ulshaw Bridge and 3yos Striding Edge, Locked N’ Loaded and Little Ted are possibles but perhaps ALFRED RICHARDSON will be able to capitalise on his reduced mark.
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