Cougar Annie is open to plenty of improvement and could take a good step forward. Meanwhile, Holy Endeavour, who finished behind her on that debut, comes into it after an improved showing at Newcastle three weeks ago. SENITA may have been turned over at 1/6 at Doncaster, but the winner now has a mark of 101 and John Gosden’s filly can score at this third time of asking.
The suggestion is SAMARA BAY, a dual winner who might be holding his form better than some of these as it was always going to be tough at Newmarket last time. Conspiracy and Odd Man Out are feared most in that order of preference.
Midnite Bride hit a clear personal best when scoring at Catterick and is strongly respected off her revised mark. Real Smooth returned to form with his second at Ayr and is interesting off 4lb lower on this drop back in grade, while Wots The Wifi Code has possibilities on his step back up in trip.
However, the vote goes to John Quinn’s progressive three-year-old HIGHFIELD PRINCESS. She is well treated under a penalty for her Chelmsford win and may well be able to complete a hat-trick on this switch back to turf.
An open race in which the vote goes to SASSOON, who was a convincing winner off a reduced mark in a first-time visor at Ayr last Thursday and could be a major force again under a penalty here. The main dangers are Inner Circle, who has finished placed in four of his five runs this season, and God Of Dreams, who was runner-up behind the selection last week. Others to consider are Be Bold and Dilithium.
Karl Burke’s SPYCATCHER boasts the standout piece of form courtesy of his second in the Group 3 Acomb at York and he’s got more than enough boot to deal with this drop back in distance. Shark Two One is the obvious alternative, though he did run a bit flat in the big Listed race here recently. Bannow is the dark horse on his debut.
There doesn’t seem to be much strength in depth in this novice and this looks a fair opportunity for the well-bred FAADIYAH. She showed plenty of speed before finishing a clear second behind a useful favourite over an extended 7 furlongs at Chester on her recent debut.
Stroxx has a fairly solid record in his five starts and he’s the main danger, though Rainbow Mirage left her initial form well behind when fourth at Kempton four weeks ago and has each-way claims on this switch to turf.
The leading contender is the highly progressive three-year-old BEN LILLY (NAP), who travelled strongly before forging clear over C&D 13 days ago and may well be able to defy another rise in the weights to make it five wins in a row. Last-time-out Hamilton winner Daawy is feared most, though Billy No Mates had an excuse in his hat-trick bid last time and could have a big part to play if this sets up for his closing style.
A few of these are capable on their day, but predicting those days is never easy. The solid one is BAWAADER, who is in form and not had much luck of late. Next best is Temper Trap, who goes on this ground and ran fairly well at Nottingham last week.
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