Lost in Space is looking for the three-timer after making just about all over 7 furlongs at the July course when last seen 26 days ago.
The main reason we can upgrade that performance is that Lost in Space was still a little bit keen and free up on the front end in the early stages, but then did seem to settle into a rhythm after three furlongs.
The champion jockey Oisin Murphy takes over in the saddle and provided Lost in Space relaxes a little easier in the early stages, he’s definitely going to hit the line strong. He was going away at the finish last time over seven furlongs.
It’s been a long time since Arctic Sound graced the winners enclosure, but he put up a much more encouraging display from the back of the pack at Ayr when last seen just seven days ago.
The nature of this track will suit his hold-up tactics as he seems to gain in confidence as the race progressed.
He’s dropped down from a peak rating of 108 to 93 and we’ve got the services of Jason Hart on board who has been in spectacular form of late. Artic Sound was recently gelded and the cruelest cut of all seems to have focused his mind.
Lady Of Aran put up a decent performance at Salisbury last time when held up right at the back of the pack.
Three runners that finished in front of her were more mid division in the early stages and just managed to get first run on her. Given the way she hit the line over the flat galloping track last time, the stiffer finish here over the Rowley Mile will suit her late closing style.
She is fairly handicapped and our rider Georgia Dobie takes off another valuable 5lbs.
Dark Jedi has only been with this trainer since the start of 2020 and seems to have found an extra leg from somewhere, as he’s hardly put a foot wrong all season.
His last run up at Haydock when an excellent second over two furlongs further was probably his best performance for the new team. Given the stamina sapping nature of the track here, the drop-down in distance is negated somewhat.
He’s going to be near the top of the market for a reason and looks to have been found a very decent winning opportunity with a tidy pot on offer.
La Barrosa certainly comes under the ‘could be anything’ banner after a bloodless victory at Ascot last time.
The unusual conditions for that contest was that the sire or the dam had to have won over nine and a half furlongs or further. The past three winners of that race were decent, but were not up to Group class performers.
Let’s hope this lad can break through that ceiling, as on first impressions, he looks very good.
Mildenberger was in the form of his life in the early part of this season, putting back-to-back victories together and finishing a cracking second up at Newcastle the last time we saw him.
It’s a slight concern that we haven’t seen him on the racetrack for 110 days, considering how aggressively the Mark Johnston runners are normally campaigned.
However, with an official rating of 112 he would still be able to under-perform by some way here and record another victory.
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