CUBAN BREEZE has been kept busy this year, winning twice at Chester and Wolverhampton, but it was her latest run, when finishing second at Catterick earlier this month, where she produced her best form. That took her record to two wins and two places from four starts in nurseries, so there is plenty to recommend her now able to race from the same mark.
WORDLY WISE showed plenty of ability when beaten narrowly over course and distance on debut and was arguably unsuited by the hood being left off when fourth back here last time, proving too free and failing to build on the promise of her debut as a result. The hood is back on now, which should suit, and the booking of Jim Crowley catches the eye. This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type and she is expected to go close.
This looks a competitive sprint handicap, but EDGEWOOD goes particularly well is easy ground and leaves the impression he still has more to offer. He justified strong support, proving better than ever when successful at Hamilton in August, and can have his latest run at Ayr ignored, the lack of a gallop not suiting him at all. He looked a sprinter to follow prior to that, and is well worth chancing to get back on track.
GHUMAMA showed plenty of ability on debut at Goodwood last month, held narrowly in second by one who had the benefit of previous experience. Admittedly, she failed to build on that when disappointing at Newcastle last time, but she was restless in the stalls that day, and probably wasn’t helped by very blustery conditions. Therefore, she is much better off being judged on the promise she showed on debut and is capable of much better.
It may pay to give BRENTFORD HOPE another chance to confirm the promise of his easy debut win at Newmarket a year ago. His last two outings have been at a mile and a half, but he certainly travels well enough in his races to suggest this shorter trip might suit and most of today’s opposition is much more exposed than him. He looked potentially smart on his debut and easy ground will be no bother for him.
It is impossible to rule out any of these, but preference is for RHOSCOLYN, who scored over this course and distance in August, and had an excuse for a below-par effort at Newbury four weeks ago. He was relatively well found in the market on that occasion, but racing isolated towards the far side certainly didn’t help his cause, never in the hunt, and his handicap mark continues to fall. There should be more races in him.
CAPTAIN HADDOCK finished a good third at Lingfield last time, and this is cracking form, with the first, second and fourth all winning on their next starts, and there is a good chance he has more to offer after just two runs now switched to staying handicaps. He is bred to be better than this opening mark and gets the vote in the hope he handles conditions.
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