RATTLING ROSIE showed plenty of ability when fourth on her debut at Haydock, leading for most of the race before weakening in the final furlong. That form is the best on offer in this line-up, and the way she shaped suggests she’ll be suited by dropping back to seven furlongs. It will be disappointing if she can’t get off the mark at the second attempt.
DUBAWI SANDS appeals as an interesting newcomer for the Roger Varian yard that has won this novice twice in the last 10 years. He is certainly bred to be smart, being by Dubawi and a half-brother to the 2000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes winner Galileo Gold. Bought for 260,000 guineas as a yearling, it will be interesting to see whether the market speaks in his favour on debut.
PIED PIPER stepped up on his debut effort when second at Haydock last time, sticking to his task well to be beaten just a length and a quarter. This longer trip should play to his strengths and can see him improve past Arthur’s Realm, who sets the standard on the form of his latest third at York.
ACT OF WISDOM is improving with racing, winning on his second start at Goodwood and then taking another step forward to follow up on his nursery debut at Nottingham. That performance came over this trip on heavy going, so we know today’s conditions won’t be an issue, and his scope for more improvement suggests a 3 lb higher mark might not be enough to stop him in his hat-trick bid.
DANCING RAVE shaped better than the bare result when seventh at York last time, travelling strongly for a long way before her effort flattened out. She likely remains in form and is well worth another chance from a mark only 4 lb higher than when winning her penultimate outing at Thirsk, with the promising Angus Villiers claiming 5 lb this time.
ROYAL TOUCH could be the way to go in a race that has been won by some talented performers over the years, including the 2016 winner Cracksman, who went on to win back-to-back renewals of the Champion Stakes. Royal Touch is a half-brother to Farhh – who won the Champion Stakes himself in 2013 – and the way he shaped when second on his debut at Nottingham two weeks ago suggests he is likely to take a big step forward here. That should be enough to see him go one place better.
ELUSIVE ARTIST showed a good attitude to get off the mark on his nursery debut at Newcastle, digging deep to land the spoils by a neck. This will be tougher from a 7 lb higher mark, but he has improved with every start to date and won’t be easy to peg back if getting an easy lead for the Mark Johnston yard that excels with this type of horse.
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