This doesn’t look an attractive betting heat, but the booking of Oisin Murphy on ACCRINGTON STANLEY catches the eye. He has had plenty of chances to open his account, with his two best efforts coming at Bath when finishing runner-up both times.
Accrington Stanley has to bounce back from a lesser run last time, but he sets the standard dropped into claiming company and makes the most appeal.
KOEPP made plenty of appeal on paper, and was arguably unlucky not to make a winning debut at Haydock recently. He would have likely just held on had he not been messed around by the rank outsider when making his forward move, and, with improvement on the cards, he is selected to go one place better in what looks a fair race of its type.
HENRIK finished down the field in the Lingfield maiden won by the re-opposing Rommel on debut in June, but Andrew Balding’s charge has taken sizeable steps forward on each of his two most recent starts, latterly chasing home a subsequent Group 3 winner at York. He will prove hard to beat unless one of the newcomers turn out to be above average.
The vote in this competitive handicap goes to TOP BREEZE, who boasts a good strike rate on the all-weather and he returned to form when hitting the crossbar at Bath last month. He has been given a decent draw and has a capable claimer taking 7lb off. It’s been a while since the veteran Lancelot Du Lac last got his head in front, but he shaped well back from an eight-month break at Kempton and is feared off his lowest mark for many a year.
INDIGO TIMES showed improved form to get off the mark here 18 days ago. He went without the usual hood that day, and the manner of the success suggested that a subsequent 4lb rise may not be enough to prevent the follow-up. Vexed rates the main danger on his second here in March despite some uninspiring efforts over hurdles since.
Several promising types on show in this maiden, headed by GREAT HONOUR. He shaped with considerable promise when third on debut at Goodwood (second and fourth have won since) and earns the vote ahead of Zeimaam, who probably lacks the scope of some of these but he is feared nonetheless.
CAPLA HUNTRESS didn’t need to improve to complete the hat-trick at Wolverhampton last month, just about getting away with the emphasis on speed, and is taken to complete an impressive four-timer with the extra distance in her favour. Her Indoors is going the right way now handicapping and rates as the main threat, ahead of Let Rip.
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