This is quite open for a novice event. Mick Quinn is not renowned for sending out two-year-old winners, but INVER PARK has shown plenty of promise in both his runs.
He’s preferred to Trumble after his pleasing start at Chester, though Fighter Pilot, Arcadian Nights and others come into it.
Wicklow shaped well at Goodwood, but some of the newcomers are interesting and none more so than ROYAL TOUCH – who is related to some high-class performers.
Thunder Dream also makes plenty of appeal on paper, boasting a classy middle-distance pedigree.
As open as the numbers suggest. GONNA DANCEALOT has stamina to burn back at this distance and she ran well in the new blinkers at Sandown three weeks ago.
A field of 16 split into three groups over course and distance at the last meeting (good ground, also on the outer track) but most stayed central and they came out on top.
It’s hard to narrow this down by likely pace either, with little in evidence (Quaint perhaps the most likely to lead), so SOVEREIGN STATE, who goes well fresh and has had six weeks off, is no more than a tentative selection.
Red Bravo is another to consider, while support for Trevie Fountain would be interesting.
An interesting handicap featuring several unexposed fillies. JANE MARPLE is bred to improve for the step up to this trip and her pedigree also suggests soft ground shouldn’t be an issue.
She gets the vote ahead of the hat-trick seeker Myseven, who is another likely improver for her red-hot stable.
Vindolanda disappointed last time, but has a chance if she can put that behind her.
Topweight ACT OF WISDOM (NAP) looks a proper stayer in the making and should relish this good test of stamina for a juvenile.
He’s taken to improve further and follow up his Goodwood win. Side Shot is feared most.
The way that SNOW OCEAN completed his hat-trick suggests that he can defy his latest penalty and make that into a four-timer.
That’s not to suggest that this will be as easy, as Eagle Court is another respected improver and the unexposed Second Slip may also offer a significant threat.
There could be more to come from Casting Vote now back on turf and over this trip. He may well be able to put his latest effort behind him and could go close.
Alpine Mistral is another looking to bounce back and can’t be ruled out, but preference is for SANDYMAN, who is proven on soft ground and whose latest run looks very solid form.
Although frustrating previously, STONE MASON looked well ahead of his mark at Chelmsford and, as a son of Pivotal, there has to be every chance that he’ll go on this ground.
Recent Redcar winner Motahassen most definitely will and he’s a big danger, along with Bad Company.
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