This looks a good opportunity for MAYAAS to get off the mark. He has shown strong form across his four starts and represents last year’s winning trainer William Haggas. Bois De Norton was a promising third on his second start and can go well once more, but the main threat could come from Party Rebel who can be expected to improve upon her debut fourth at Catterick
Avior Star is a major player after his near-miss at Redcar on Wednesday, while The Queens Ladies is very much respected up just 3lb for her Chelmsford win. However, a chance is taken on nursery newcomer OPEN THE EAGLE, who is bred to win races and is the sole runner here today for her Newmarket trainer John Ryan, who is 3-9 with his 2yos at this course.
With these blinkers applied the 3yo TREBLE TREBLE showed good speed before fading over 6f at York last time out and, now back down to 5f, could be tough to catch from his rail draw if displaying similar spark today. Primo’s Comet is drawn next to the selection and, despite his inconsistent profile, could be the main danger having gone close on two of his last four starts. Old-timers Line Of Reason and Duke Of Firenze could also be in the mix.
With a clear run, NORTHERN SOCIETY would surely have gone close over C&D last time out and she can make amends today. Indian Pursuit is on a long losing run but has been running consistently well and is feared most, ahead of recent Wolverhampton winner Mansfield.
Seven-year-old DONNELLY’S RAINBOW hasn’t run off a mark this high since his 3yo season but he was a comfortable C&D winner three weeks ago and ran very well in defeat at Ayr on his latest outing. He gets the nod ahead of True Believer, who may not have been ideally suited by soft ground when fourth on her latest outing and still has fairly low mileage. Tommy G ran well when upped to 1m for the first time in his 66-race career this month and is next on the list.
A few of these can have a case made, not least DREAMSELLER, who had soft ground to contend with last time but may well have further improvement to come with the ground drying out. Mi Capricho ran encouragingly on his return from another layoff and looks the main danger though it will be interesting to see if there is any support for It Had To Be You on his handicap debut for a new yard. Pacino and Exchequer are also considered.
There’s a hat-trick seeker in the shape of Ben Lilly and at least one 3yo of interest near the foot of the weights in Spycracker, but it is hard to oppose GOOD VIEW given the style of her win at Pontefract. She faces stronger opposition but has only just started to get going in these early days with David O’Meara
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