Zine White showed promise at Salisbury without suggesting he’ll be the answer to this, with such well-bred newcomers in opposition. Although plenty of Aidan O’Brien’s good 2yos get beaten on their debuts BOLSHOI BALLET has to be of interest with this son of Galileo one of four unraced 2yos he still has entered in this month’s Group 1 at Doncaster. Mystical Dawn and Movin Time also look the part on paper and market vibes are eagerly awaited for all three.
AW Group 3 winner Mighty Gurkha is the class act and has to be respected off top weight, but today’s conditions are new to him. Soft-ground Listed runner-up Fairy Dust is another major form player but has to bounce back from her Salisbury disappointment. A chance is taken on ITALIAN BREEZE, who won a soft-ground novice at Redcar in August and could be seen to even better effect off a stronger pace in this big field. Fellow soft-ground winner Samara Bay is next on the list of interesting each-way candidates, while Rania, Gift List and (more speculatively) Libertine Belle are others who could run well.
Today’s return to slow ground could be just what BE MORE needs. She’s 3-3 on soft going and had subsequent Group 3/Listed winners in second and third on the most recent occasion. Moonlight In Paris didn’t get to show what she was capable of on her handicap debut and is feared most, ahead of fellow 3yo Oti Ma Boati.
Nazeef, last year’s winner Billesdon Brook and Terebellum are closely matched having crossed the line in a heap in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes in July, but this may be between the 3yos Champers Elysees and PEACEFUL who were first and second respectively in the Group 1 Matron Stakes last month. Champers Elysees is very much respected but Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Peaceful was having her first outing for 69 days and may have improved a bit for that run.
A tight handicap. Urban Artist is a likeable mare but she did rather steal it from the front at Goodwood and runner-up ICE SPRITE, who is armed with an 8lb pull, is taken to gain her revenge. La Lune could well improve for this softer ground and is a danger to all on her handicap debut with Ray Dawson’s claim a bonus, while Inclyne can also figure.
John Gosden’s EXISTENT had some smart horses behind him when third here on his debut and he evidently performed below expectations in the Coventry. Market confidence would be welcomed after three months off. Wise Judgement rates the main threat after such a nice debut at Beverley, though any confidence behind either Fabrizio or Auria would complicate matters.
As a daughter of Pivotal, NEHAALL (nap) should be fine on this ground and she could be tough to pass if ridden prominently, which will more than likely be the case after she showed improved form over 1m last time. One Small Step can benefit from having Ryan Moore back in the saddle and she can provide the greatest threat, though Areehaa has to be feared with her unexposed profile.
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