Noon Star has a superb pedigree, a Galileo filly out of the multiple Group 1 winning Midday, and given she is bred more for middle-distance races, it was encouraging that she made such a promising debut over seven furlongs at Salisbury last month.
She wasn’t fully clued up on her first outing, showing plenty of greenness, but she shaped encouragingly, staying on approaching the final furlong and taking third late on under a hands-and-heels ride. She is sure to improve, perhaps significantly so, and this step up in trip should also show her to much better effect.
Vulcan, who found just one too good in a couple of starts in August, confirmed the promise of those efforts when going one better to shed his maiden tag at Haydock last month, making headway on the bridle before being produced to lead under two furlongs out, not doing too much in front but the ease with which he picked up his rivals suggesting there was more to come.
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He followed that up with another career-best effort at the same venue last time, travelling smoothly before quickening to lead over a furlong out, drawing clear to win by seven lengths. He has been hiked 11 lb in the weights for that victory, but he is clearly going the right way at present and that may not be enough to stop him landing the hat-trick.
Lydiate Lady heads the betting for this contest at the time of writing, and while the conditions do look as though they will suit her nicely – she was a course-and-distance winner here on heavy ground last autumn – she has been a little hit and miss this season, and at a bigger price, Lordsbride Boy makes plenty of each-way appeal.
Lorsbrige Boy found some progress back on softer ground to open his account for the season at Salisbury last month, and he has continued in good heart since, hitting the frame at Kempton and Lingfield in his two subsequent outings. He is a consistent performer at this level and ought to give another good account of himself.
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