Daahyeh made up into a very useful juvenile last season, winning the Albany at this course on her second appearance and the Rockfel at Newmarket later in the campaign. She is yet to finish outside the first two, finishing runner-up in the Duchess Of Cambridge, the Moyglare and finally the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last term, actually running her best race at Santa Anita, finding only a smart rival too good. Her fitness must be taken on merit, but she sets a lofty standard here and must be the way to go on her return to action.
Tis Marvellous took advantage of a drop in grade to get off the mark for the season at Leicester last month, and he backed that up with another good effort in the Group 3 World Trophy Stakes at Newbury last time, getting going just a shade too late. He has been running well this summer and, given his good record at Ascot (dual winner over this course and distance), he tops the shortlist.
There are some classy operators in this line-up, but anything other than victory for Logician would be considered an upset. The undefeated son of Gleneagles, who landed the St Leger on his final appearance of last season, maintained his 100% record with minimum fuss at Doncaster last time, showing his well-being after a serious bout of peritonitis. He still remains an exciting prospect and should prove difficult to beat.
River Nymph showed much improved form to resume winning ways over this course and distance in July, showing a decisive turn of foot to settle the race over a furlong out, and he improved again when following up at Newbury last time, coming clear with the runner-up a furlong out before turning on the afterburners to win readily. He is really going places all of a sudden and is a major player despite an 11 lb rise in the weights.
Cape Byron won three times from his six runs last season, all at this venue, the Victoria Cup, the Wokingham Stakes, and latterly this race, the Bengough Stakes. His final appearance of the season came in the Champions Stakes, again at Ascot, and though he arrived at the race at the top of his game, he flopped at Group 1 level for the second time, the race perhaps coming a bit too soon. He has a good record when fresh, so the fact he hasn’t been seen on the racecourse for 12-months shouldn’t be an issue, and another big effort is expected now he is dropped back in grade.
Orvar returned to form with a good effort at Doncaster in August, and he confirmed that promise five days on when getting his head back in front at Chester, taking advantage of a clear passage to bely odds of 40/1. He didn’t get the same luck in-running at Doncaster subsequently, but he proved himself still in good heart when a half-length second at Beverley last time, turning in his best effort of the season despite being wrong at the weights with a few rivals. He is a versatile sort ground-wise and should be in the mix in what is a competitive handicap.
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