Ebnzaidoon is bred to be smart (by Speightstown out of the US Grade 1 winner Nereid) and shaped well amidst greenness when third on his debut at Sandown recently. The winner put his experience to good use by making all, whereas Ebnzaidoon was found wanting for know-how in the closing stages, hanging right under pressure and doing well under the circumstances to be beaten only two and a half lengths.
That form sets the standard here on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, and, with further improvement on the cards, he is a confident selection to get off the mark for the John Gosden yard that has an impressive 37% strike rate at Newcastle in recent seasons.
My Ukulele proved at least as good as ever when recording her first win of the season at Hamilton last time, finding plenty to land the spoils by half a length. That was the longest trip she had encountered in her career and she seemed to relish it, strongly suggesting that the extra distance here will be well within her range. She also escapes a penalty for that recent success and is effectively 6 lb well-in at the weights, so there is every reason to expect a bold follow-up bid on her return to Newcastle, where she was a winner back in September 2018.
Wensley hasn’t won for a while, but he took a step back in the right direction when third on his most recent outing at Hamilton, running on well to be beaten just a length. The winner followed up at the same venue seven days later, while the seventh also advertised the strength of that form when successful on his next start (several others have also run well since).
Admittedly, Wensley’s in-and-out profile suggests he is far from certain to build on the promise of that effort, but he is now on a career-low mark and looks well worth chancing at what are likely to be rewarding odds.
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