Light Refrain looked badly in need of the experience on debut, running to just a fair level at Ascot in July, but she is bred to be useful and looked much more professional at Doncaster subsequently, showing plenty of ability to get much closer to State Occasion than she had previously.
She then made the most of her experience to finish runner-up at Salisbury last time, denied only by a very promising newcomer. She is going the right way and has been found a good opportunity to open her account.
Bobba Tee is very lightly raced for his age and showed improved form over a longer trip at Wolverhampton two starts back, doing well under the circumstances, short of room on the home turn but rattling home for second, catching the eye as he made up plenty of ground from right out the back.
He failed to back that up at the same venue last time, but he was not seen to best effect over a shorter trip, needing the emphasis more on stamina. He is again tried over that trip, but the longer straight at Newcastle could provide him with the stiffer test he requires, and he is taken to belatedly open his account from a feasible mark.
Black Star Dancing is undoubtedly capable of better than what he could show at Catterick and Beverley in July and August, and, having been given a chance by the handicapper, he bounced back to form at Ayr last time, belying odds of 40/1 to finish third. His overall profile means it remains to be seen whether he can back up that effort, but the return to this longer trip should suit, and he is certainly one for the shortlist.
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