Preference is for ACT OF MAGIC, who was only narrowly denied over 1m2f at Bath on his penultimate run and is a big player if he gets a decent pace and some luck on this step back up in trip.
Second choice is Cheap Jack who landed a gamble to record his breakthrough win in a seller last time and has finished placed in all three previous runs at this track. Others who could be in the mix include Spantik and Dragons Will Rise.
Most of these have quite a lot to prove but the in-form BAWAADER finished first past the post in a 1m handicap at Musselburgh 16 days ago and has leading claims if he can repeat that form on his return to this trip.
The main danger could be Violette Szabo, who was placed over C&D on her penultimate run and looks interesting on her step back up to 1m2f.
This can go to the Derby entry PIED PIPER, who sets a good standard on his second at Haydock 25 days ago and has plenty of scope for further progress on this step up in trip.
The Bravest is the main danger of the other runners with experience, though there is also an interesting newcomer to keep a close eye on in Marco Botti’s very well-related colt Silver Gunn.
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The leading contender is John Gosden’s well-bred colt THIRD KINGDOM, who built on his promising debut effort at this track when finishing third again behind a subsequent Group 3 winner over 7f at Sandown in July.
Midnight Poppy left her initial form behind when runner-up at Musselburgh 22 days ago and she’s feared most, ahead of potential improvers Solar Joe and Addosh.
Cammy outran his odds at Doncaster 17 days ago and is a key player if he can confirm that promise, while Dutch Light kept on well over 6f at Yarmouth on her debut last month and is an interesting contender on this step up in trip.
However, it may be worth siding with newcomer RIVER CHORUS, who is out of a half-sister to a 7f Group 3 winner and represents a yard that won this race with a well-backed debutant last year.
Ann Duffield’s ARNOLD has a 4lb rise to deal with on this drop back in trip but this 6yo has been knocking on the door over 6f here in his last two runs and he cruised into contention before not getting any luck in the closing stages last time. He gets the vote ahead of Lord Of The Glen, who went close in his bid for a C&D double on Friday.
Slowmo showed signs of a revival at Wolverhampton and is well treated if he can build on that, while Arcavallo and Ballyare are others to consider.
An open race may go to NAJIB, who ran okay when backed at Hamilton last week and he can be given another chance on the AW.
Herbert Pocket should go well if taking to the surface and he’s feared, along with Susie Javea.
All three of these who ran on Friday night will have their fans, with preference for DEOLALI. He has to race from just out of the handicap but he ran well in the same circumstances just 72 hours ago.
Muatadel is also considered, while money for Melgate Magic would be worth noting.
Cases can be made for Anna Maria and Fard and Lucky Beggar but ZEBULON bounced back to winning ways over C&D last time and remains on a workable mark. This looks a good opportunity for him to follow up.
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