£380,000 yearling MAHANAKHON POWER is bred to be suited by today’s step up in trip and he can make a winning handicap debut. Fellow 3yo handicap newcomer Silent Performance is second choice, while the step up in trip is an interesting move for The Cincinnati Kid. Straitouttacompton and Central City look best of the older brigade.
The Karl Burke-trained TERRICHANG has shown plenty of promise on her first two starts, posting a Listed third at Ripon last time out, and is taken to capitalise on this drop in grade. Worldly Wise went close on debut and is feared most, although William Haggas saddles two interesting newcomers and the Clive Cox-trained Night Narcissus is another who could go well on debut.
Molecomb fifth Significantly has the best form but he’s been beaten at odds-on the last twice and preference is for KAWAALEES, who went close at Leicester on his second start and is open to further improvement. Marlay Park has been placed on all three starts and could also be involved.
A hot little race. Last Friday’s Ayr runner-up Nastase appears before a 6lb rise takes effect and he has to be respected, but preference is for top weight ATALIS BAY (nap), who has won with plenty in hand the last twice. Fellow hat-trick seeker Riffaa Wonder is another big player, while Tweet Tweet could prove to be better than her nursery debut mark.
The progressive Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt Boss Power is a tempting option but this can go to MIDNIGHTS LEGACY, who displayed strong staying power when winning over 1m2f/1m4f here in June and is much better than he showed in the Melrose. Prince Alex is on a four-timer and has to be feared, while it will be no surprise to see Stockbridge Tap bounce back to form with a big run.
Veteran Nakeeta is the better handicapped of the two recent winners who carry a penalty and whether he can back up that Ayr performance is clearly one of the key factors in this race. Billy No Mates is firmly in the picture following his C&D win three weeks ago and Orin Swift gave a reminder last time of what he is capable of.
However, there’s also a fascinating candidate at the top of the weights in IMPERIUM, who has been sparingly raced and to very good effect too so far in handicaps. He has a question to answer on turf but it may well be a tip worth heeding if he lines up.
Hesslewood has been knocking on the door at Ripon in his last two runs and is strongly respected, but preference is for TAAWFAN, who didn’t get much luck before finishing well to go close at Kempton three weeks ago and has plenty of scope for further progress after only four starts.
Lord Neidin got off the mark at Chelmsford last time and has claims if he can transfer his improvement back to turf, while others who could be dangerous are Sea Trout Reach and the unexposed handicap newcomer Super Den.
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