Solid Stone looked a potential pattern-class performer when making a winning return in a handicap at Sandown in June, and wasn’t seen to best effect when sent off joint favourite for the John Smith’s Cup at York last time, taken back from a wide draw and trying to make up ground towards the far side which didn’t seem the place to be.
Excuses aren’t as easy to come by for his latest defeat at Kempton, but he remains well treated on his Sandown win, and is the type to progress for this yard now having another crack at a mile and a quarter.
The Perfect Crown has got a progressive profile on the all-weather, bolting up by eight lengths on debut over seven furlongs here and recording another wide-margin success at Lingfield last month.
His latest effort at Naas can be overlooked, not looking ready for that sort of test and also probably not suited by the soft ground. The return to an artificial surface will be in his favour and he is selected to resume his progression with the drop to six furlongs no problem.
This looks an open handicap, but Voice of Dubawi is bred to be better than this low mark, and could be worth chancing now entering handicaps. She finished first past the post on debut for Richard Hughes at Lingfield last month, but was demoted and placed second for impeding the runner-up late on.
Indeed, she wasn’t in the same form at Bath last time, but that was in very different conditions, and she could bounce back returned to the all-weather.
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