BRENNER PASS proved his effectiveness at this track when runner-up in a good-looking minor event over this course and distance last year. He didn’t need to be at his best to open his account on turf at Lingfield last month, but improved in defeat on handicap debut on the all-weather track there last time. The step back up to six furlongs will suit and he makes plenty of appeal in a handicap that lacks depth with the cheekpieces left off.
This won’t take much winning and FINAL VOYAGE sets a good standard for his three rivals to aim at. He improved from his debut to open his account at Chelmsford in July, and bounced back from a disappointing run at York when third at Kempton last time. That was a tactical affair, and Final Voyage could be a tough nut to crack if returned to more prominent tactics in this small field. His effectiveness on fibresand will have to be taken on trust, but he represents a yard that do well here and is worth chancing.
FULL MARKS remains a maiden, but he proved his handicap mark a workable one on nursery debut when third at Kempton last month. He produced a laboured effort last time over a mile, perhaps finding the race coming too soon after just six days off the track. Full Marks has the blinkers on now to replace a visor, and rates the type that could be spruced up by a change of headgear.
CHARLIE ARTHUR completed a hat-trick of wins at this course earlier this year and judged by his last two starts at Kempton he still seems to be getting better. He ran well to split a couple of three-year-old handicap debutants last time, perhaps disadvantaged by being hampered just as the race was developing, though he got to within a neck of the winner in the final furlong and she found extra. The return to this venue is a plus and he looks a big player here.
MCKELLY was a convincing scorer over this course and distance in August, showing improved form to open his account by four and a half lengths from a subsequent winner, and shaped as if still at the top of his game when runner-up at Chelmsford subsequently. He left the impression he was still on a fair mark there, leaving the impression that the longer trip was a little too much, so the return to a mile and a half is very much in his favour now.
Though only a narrow winner on her first two starts, MIRAGE MAC has displayed an impressive attitude so far, and has the pedigree for fibresand, so she’s fancied to maintain her unbeaten record switched to nurseries. The form of her latest win is yet to be really tested, but and opening mark of 74 looks fair, and she should have even more to offer, too.
A chance is taken on LION TOWER, who was below his best at Redcar last time, but scored in good style on his two previous visits to this track and continues to fall in the weights. The return to this venue could spark him back into life and he should stay this mile trip on run style.
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