The ones with experience don’t set an exacting standard, and HARLEM SOUL has a lot to recommend him, being a well-related son of Frankel who holds a Derby entry, so Mark Johnston’s colt is taken to go in at the first time of asking. Both Kentucky Kitten and Ravenscraig Castle have given the impression this stamina test will suit so they are taken to chase him home.
A tricky race but TAHONTA went like the best horse at the weights when second at Beverley last month, showing much improved form from her debut, and looks to have been handed a fair opening mark so makes a fair bit of appeal. Toussarok is respected on the pick of his form, with C&D winner Ballyconneely Bay and Rogue Nation others to note.
SEA TROUT REACH didn’t have the chance that the market suggested last time, but ran well from the front at Haydock under Richard Kingscote and could be worth chancing off the same mark in a first-time tongue tie. The promising Shamaroon will be a big player if handling conditions, while HMS President should also give it a good go off top weight.
A number to consider but CALL MY BLUFF could still be ahead of his mark under a penalty following his win at Kempton last week, and given he’s proven under the likely conditions the hat-trick looks a real possibility with this longer trip no problem. Art of Diplomacy made a satisfactory return at Ayr and could have more to offer over this staying trip for Mick Easterby. Nordano is very tempting on his hurdles rating, while Bodacious Name won this in 2018 and could go well.
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Lots with chances here but Michael Dods is a dab hand with sprinters and his TWIST OF HAY looks another lightly-raced improver worth following after she got up late to score at Redcar. That was her first run since undergoing a breathing operation, and she can fend off in-form course and distance winner After John while Penny Pot Lane, What A Business and Kind Review are all much respected too.
HYDROS is bred to be useful and shaped with plenty of promise when runner-up on debut at Doncaster back in June, finding only another above-average sort too strong. That was a strong race, and very much the type to improve, he can get off the mark at the second attempt for the in-form Sir Michael Stoute yard. Sky Power and Liberation Point both showed promise as juveniles and can also fill the frame.
CHALLET has been raised only 3lb for his Ripon success last time, where he showed a good attitude to prevail, and should be ideally placed from stall 1 so he’s a tentative choice in his bid for the hat-trick in an open race. Date In Vegas has few miles on the clock and could launch a challenge if she gathers momentum soon enough, while Fraternity makes appeal with Billy Garritty taking a useful 5lb off.
ASCOT WEEK coped pretty well with deep ground when fourth on his reappearance 12 days ago, making up plenty of ground in the closing stages and likely to strip fitter for that, so is an appealing candidate having dropped to his last winning mark. The three-year-old pair of Wightman and Yukon head the opposition with a high draw – perhaps no inconvenience if the action unfolds towards the stands’ rail.
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