Ed Dunlop’s three-year-old AHDAB (NAP) is not really living up to his pedigree but, having been gelded and given a wind op, he ran a very encouraging race when fourth over course and distance last month. He could be ready to strike now.
Accomplice finished strongly to gain her fourth C&D win last week and is respected under her penalty. Handicap debutant Giuseppe Cassioli is next on the list.
Beautiful Bertie has shown more than enough on his first two starts to suggest he can win a race of this nature but slight preference is for VINO VICTRIX, who made good headway from a poor position to finish second over C&D on last month’s debut.
Bartat is in very good form, but his wide draw might scupper his bid to complete a hat-trick. Prince Rock has a very solid record over C&D and Chocco Star could have untapped potential over 7 furlongs, but perhaps the answer might be QASEEDA. She is edging down the weights and arguably ran better than her finishing position suggests when eighth at Kempton last month.
Nursery winner First Lott could still have significant improvement still to come, but she may find it tough to concede her penalty to Godolphin’s FIRST SMILE. She posted a sound effort when second to a very useful filly at Kempton last month
We probably haven’t seen the best of Eastern Delight yet, but CHOCOYA quickened clear for an impressive win at Kempton two weeks ago. That piece of form is backed up by a good Topspeed figure.
She looks good enough to overcome her penalty. Willabell will be dangerous if able to recapture her Royal Ascot form, but that seems doubtful.
The obvious starting point is last week’s Kempton scorer PHYSICS, who is lightly raced and open to further improvement. He’s taken to defy a penalty from another unexposed type in Holding My Breath. Each-way claims are held by Terri Rules and Toolatetodelegate.
A competitive sprint and it’s difficult to rule any of them out with certainty. A key piece of form could be the 5-furlong handicap at Newcastle 13 days ago in which Dazzling Des gave notice of a revival when a close eighth.
One place ahead of him was SUMMIT FEVER, and this lightly raced three-year-old is taken to improve on that and maintain his unbeaten C&D record. Roundabout Magic loves it here and should give his usual good account.
Top of the list is multiple course winner NARJES, who pulled a long way clear with the runner-up when justifying favouritism over C&D on her return to action last week and is well treated under a penalty here in her bid to make it 2-2 for Mick Appleby.
For Richard and Kentucky Kingdom are feared most, though Ragstone Road finished well out wide when scoring at Chelmsford on his return from a long absence and is a big player again if he can back that up.
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