Spanish Star produced a career best to get off the mark for the season at Leicester last week, seeming to relish the extreme conditions as he ran out an easy winner. He looks well treated under a 5 lb penalty and is expected to be bang there once again.
Asadjumeirah left his debut form well behind when a close third at Lingfield last month, and though he failed to build on that at Chelmsford last time, the time figures posted give plenty of substance to that form. He sets the standard in this contest and looks worth another chance to get off the mark.
Given Annandale is bred for further than a mile, it was encouraging that he shaped so well over that distance on his debut last month, producing a promising first effort to finish third behind a couple who had the benefit of experience. He is capable of better and is expected to improve plenty for this step up in trip.
Traisha has been progressive since joining Joseph O’Brien’s yard from France, backing up her stable debut win with a few good runs in defeat at a higher level, including when second in a Naas Group 3 over this trip in August. She was seemingly stretched by the two mile trip at the Curragh last time, so this return to 14f looks a good move. She sets the standard and another bold showing is expected.
Call My Bluff has improved with each run with this term, particularly lately, racking up a hat-trick of handicap victories at Goodwood, Kempton and Pontefract over the last couple of months. He has progressed significantly since being stepped up to staying trips, and, despite having to shoulder a 6 lb penalty, he looks a big player once again.
Precisely took advantage of what looked a generous mark to open her account at the third time of asking at this course last month, winning her handicap debut in convincing fashion, leaving the impression that there is more there when required. She remains open to further improvement and a 5 lb rise for that win looks fair.
After a few near misses over hurdles, Tomorrow Mystery didn’t need to improve by much to open her account over obstacles at Kempton last year, and she followed that up with a straightforward victory at Fontwell subsequently, making the most of a good opportunity to bring up the double. She has been off the track for 16 months, but Paul Nicholls has sent out plenty to win first time back recently, and Tomorrow Mystery looks to be on a good mark on her return to the level.
Scaramanga’s two latest runs on the Flat have been the best he has ever produced, seeing things out well to finish third at Newmarket in June, before going one better at Ascot the following month, just put in his place late in the day by an improving three-year-old to whom he was conceding plenty of weight. Paul Nicholls’s yard is in excellent form at present and Scaramanga is likely to go well again.
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