Collinsbay showed plenty to work on in his first two outings, finishing third on both occasions, and he looked more clued up as he went one place better at Ascot in July, clearly on a good mark judged on the way he went through the race. He continued in good heart when a creditable fifth at Doncaster last time, likely to have finished a bit closer had he gained a clearer passage through. He is yet to win a race but is fancied to put that right here.
Harry’s Bar has a decent enough strike rate for a horse of his type, winning six times from his 18 runs, and he proved better than ever when landing a big prize over this course and distance last time, clearly benefitting from the step up to seven furlongs. A 6 lb higher mark certainly won’t count him out based on the way he won that race, and he is taken to follow up.
Fleur Irlandaise is a three-time winner over hurdles, including when belying odds of 100/1 to win at Kempton last year, and she is an interesting contender now making her handicap debut on the Flat. Returning from a seven-month absence, Fleur Irlandaise made her UK Flat debut at Lingfield last time, plugging on but needing a stiffer test of stamina. She gets that here and can prove her opening mark a lenient one.
Delegate The Lady racked up a couple of quick-fire victories in June, including over this course and distance, and she confirmed that form when finishing second at Yarmouth the following month, running well in pursuit of the hat-trick. She found her good run of form coming to a halt when sixth at Lingfield last time, but excuses can be made for that below par performance, and she looks worth chancing to regain the progressive thread.
Live In The Moment has been in unstoppable form since the resumption of racing, winning four times from his five races, including the last three. He may have taken advantage of a lenient mark to bring up the hat-trick at Newmarket last time, but he did so with little fuss, and though he has now gone up in the weights, he is still likely to remain highly competitive.
El Salvaje wasn’t given a hard time of it in any of his first three runs, and though he was easy to back on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton last month, he shaped well, leaving the impression that there is yet more to come, particularly over further. Three subsequent winners have already emerged from that race, giving the form a positive view, and El Salvaje looks well placed to take advantage of a potentially handy mark.
Sheila made her debut in what has since proved to be a very warm maiden, and though she has strictly failed to improve on that effort this term, she is certainly not one to be written off just yet. She looked unsuited by the drop in trip at York on her latest outing, but she still appeals as being on a good mark, and provided she is seen to better effect now back up in distance, she looks worth another chance to open her account in an easier race.
After shaping with plenty of encouragement on debut, Zahratty only had to improve a little to get off the mark at Newmarket last time, seeing out the trip well as she kept up to her work. She remains open to improvement and has to be taken seriously despite her penalty.
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