My Target is still feasibly treated and the betting should be instructive back from a seven-month absence. Set In Stone and Mr Coco Bean are considered but JOHN JASPER has shown enough to think he will win races and this could be the day he shows his true colours
Cote D’Azur should give it another good go under suitable conditions and is shortlisted, while the new trip could help Line Judge and Arij isn’t fully exposed yet. SUDONA is edging up the weights but she’s been reliable for David O’Meara this season and could be up to the task.
Midnight In Havana, Dark Devil, False Id and Jervaulx all have something to recommend them but HUNTERS STEP should be sharper for his recent return to action and can gain a second C&D success.
The market can guide as to the expectation levels among the newcomers but Henrik and BLOWING WIND set the standard and the latter may be able to capitalise on the weight he receives from his main rival.
Three of these are well-in, although one of them Round Six just happened to take part in a Listed race that’s working out particularly well, when finishing well held. Waitingonanalibi, who’s going up 6lb from tomorrow, was an unlucky loser when well clear of the rest over C&D last midweek, but this is a deeper race and MIRAGE MAC (nap), who’s 4lb well-in, can stretch her unbeaten record to four from four.
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Numerically competitive but plenty of these have question marks hanging over them and it looks a good opportunity for EXCEL AND SUCCEED, not beaten far from a tricky draw at Thirsk on her comeback, to make a winning handicap debut. Etikaal and Epeius can fight it out for the places.
Saisons D’Or showed more from the front from a wide stall last time and has been found a race lacking much in the way of other pace. He’s a danger to all in a fascinating handicap if allowed to dictate, but dual C&D winner VIVE LA DIFFERENCE is on a handy mark back on the AW after a couple of luckless runs on turf, and he’s preferred. Tonight’s extra furlong will suit the in-form Defence Treaty, while Casilli remains open to improvement.
This looks less competitive than the first division but there’s a better spread of pace. Athmad bumped into a progressive 3yo last time and is on the shortlist, but CELESTIAL BLISS is open to further improvement having shown more late last month on his first run since wind surgery. Despite a string of poor efforts this season it’s possible to make a case for Stoney Lane among the bigger prices.
Starbo and Deolali have possibilities but the vote goes to recent C&D winner ELDELBAR. Peachey Carnehan is probably best at Wolverhampton but has the recent run that seems ideal and is also considered, along with Susie Javea.
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