We’ve got an 18-runner nursey to kick-start proceedings. It’s low grade but looks competitive enough and Timeform’s top-rated selection would be the Phil Makin trained Avior Star.
Avior star was well supported on nursery debut when third last time at Thirsk and ran quite a nice race in a big field like this one and I think there’s more progress to come.
In terms of dangers we actually have the second from that race in Showtime Elle but I do fancy Avior Star to reverse the placings on this occasion.
Ed Dunlop also runs Tashbeeh for the first time with a visor which needs to spark some improvement but the most likely danger would probably be the William Haggas trained Beautiful News who’s off a 65 here and is bred to be a lot better.
The step up to 6f will suit, it just depends if it can find that improvement. Avoir Star is rated 59 so we’ll stick with that and hopefully it can get us off to a winning start in a big field.
We’re firmly onside with Mister Allegro here. He was a really impressive winner at Kempton last week, winning by four lengths.
He only has a 6lb penalty to shoulder for that victory and it just looks the one to be with.
The other one that’s won recently, Beechwood Emily, won at Newcastle, but I don’t think she was as well in as Mister Allegro.
Paul Midgley has four in the race and looks to hold the key to this, really. He’s got Longroom who we’ve got top rated but wasn’t seen to best effect last time.
There’s quite a lot of pace here and I think it might be one for the hold-up runners. In terms of Paul’s hold up horses there’s War Whisper who ran respectively last time but my selection is Nibras Again who is on a really good mark and has slipped a long way in the weight.
He won at Beverley three starts ago and got really badly hampered over a furlong out last time. I thought the jockey booking of Paul Hanagan was quite interesting as well.
I think Nibras Again is the one to be on in another big field and you might get a decent price if you look at the form figures.
The key to this race is probably one that took place at Beverley last month in which Five Helmets was second and Cote D’Azur was third.
Out of the pair I think it’s worth siding with Cote D’Azur who hails from the yard of Les Eyre and he’s a trainer that has really hit a purple patch the last couple of weeks with quite a few winners.
Five Helmets is a bit of an inconsistent type who doesn’t seem to string two good performances together so I just thought out of those two Cote D’Azur’s the one.
Kolossus is not only Timeform’s top rated, he’s also Timeform’s Horse In Focus as well which means we’re really keen to be up with him next time out.
He shaped up really well last time out. He only just gave way in the last 100 yards and surprisingly he’s come down 2lbs in the handicap.
I just think he’s worth siding with here because he’s ready to strike and could improve following a change of yard.
This one continues the theme across the card of competitive big fields. We’ve got another Horse In Focus here and it’s the top rated Arnold.
He was really unlucky not to win at Newcastle last time and he looks ready to strike now he’s back on turf.
Franny Norton’s on board as well which caught the eye. Herringswell was a shade unlucky not to win last time and is probably going to be the biggest danger.
But given how well Arnold did last time he’s the one to be on in the final race of the day at Redcar.
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