It’s likely BLACKROD bumped into a good one on his Newcastle debut – has since finished runner-up in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury – and he’s taken to make the most of the 4lb he receives from previous course and distance winner Out The Hat.
Richard Fahey’s McManaman looks best of the remainder.
LUCKY BEGGAR caught the eye a bit on the all-weather last time and might be worth chancing from his reduced mark.
Josiebond was comfortably on top over 7 furlongs at Musselburgh last time and has plenty of form over 6 furlongs so she rates an obvious threat despite a 7lb rise.
Harry’s Ridge and recent Catterick scorer Carlovian are also on the shortlist.
The return to what could be a softer surface won’t inconvenience MAJOR PUSEY, who is taken to turn around recent Musselburgh placings with the evergreen Economic Crisis.
He left the impression he would come on again for that effort and can take advantage on these terms.
The thriving Wade’s Magic is also respected along with Show Palace, who was a fair bit better than the bare result last time.
The versatile NIETZSCHE shaped well on his Flat return after 10 months off when fourth at York and is potentially on a good mark in this sphere.
Dance King and Ascot Day both shaped better than the bare result at Catterick and Bath respectively and they head the dangers.
TALK NOW might have found her latest run coming too soon when going for the hat-trick at Ayr four weeks ago and is worth another chance.
Rosemay capitalised on her reduced mark at Musselburgh nine days ago and should be on the premises again, while Najib shaped well here last time and this shorter trip is more in his favour.
HLAITAN disappointed after seven weeks off at Bath, but was a much-improved third at Newbury the time before.
The cheekpieces he wore last time have been replaced by a visor and he is worth another chance in an open event.
Little Ted found his run of good form coming to a halt at Pontefract recently, but is the type to bounce back, with the in-form Cruising another to consider.
The vote goes to MAC AILEY, who deserves to get his head back in front having hit the crossbar on three occasions this season, including on his penultimate start at Doncaster where he was just touched off.
This intermediate trip could prove ideal (stamina stretched upped to 10.9f at Ripon latest).
My Ukulele firmly enters calculations and Destinys Rock also has claims.
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