Calvinist twice went close off similar marks to today’s at Wolverhampton last December and returns to Tapeta after winning over hurdles last month but confidence in him would be higher over a longer trip and preference is for BRODICK, who was safely held on her two turf starts this summer but ran well on this surface in June after a break and is not yet fully exposed. Donnachies Girl is next on the list.
Mashaan ran better when second over C&D last time and looks the pick of the northern contingent but there are some promising southern raiders on show, none more so than CORDOUAN (nap). John Gosden has a fine record with 2yos at this track and he can go one better than at Doncaster. Moraaheq and Crossford are best of the rest.
A very competitive and interesting sprint featuring a number of improving sorts. Intrinsic Bond is going from strength to strength and looks capable of developing into a proper ‘Saturday’ horse in time. He’s a strong contender, while Fresh isn’t fully exposed himself and Many A Star shouldn’t be written off on the back of a lesser effort on ground that may not have suited last time. Wild Edric and Brian The Snail aren’t out of it either but perhaps BLACKHEATH will be the answer. He ran well off this mark at Newbury last month, travelling powerfully, and with lots of pace drawn nearby he may be able to pounce late back down at 6f.
Yazaman sets the standard and he’s regularly acquitted himself with credit in tough company. He has a very big shout dropped in grade on this AW debut but he could prove vulnerable to an improver in DESERT GULF who made a pleasing start to his career at Wolverhampton.
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Several runners of interest, including recent C&D scorers Traveller and Top Attraction and the class-dropping Lady Alavesa. Two who appeal as being comfortably ahead of their mark are Finally Mine and AL OZZDI though and the latter, who ran into all sorts of traffic in the straight at Wolverhampton on Saturday, may be able to gain compensation.
Kilconquhar, unpenalised for last week’s decisive C&D success, is the obvious starting point and he’s still low mileage. He’s high on the shortlist, with Excessable, Sarayaat and Phoenix Star also in the mix. QAARAAT has been running with great credit in recent months though and he might be able to add to his tally back at 6f.
Burrows Seeside moves into handicaps at a modest level and his latest run did hint at the prospect of better. Raabeh is another handicap newcomer who could take a step forward for his new yard but ARNOLD had been threatening prior to a low-key run over 5f last time and he gets the verdict.
Although LORD OF THE GLEN is closely matched with a few of them on recent C&D form he came with a well-timed run to win cosily last time and may well have a bit up his sleeve yet. Arcavallo was his chief victim last month but other dangerous rivals include Gorgeous Gobolina, who beat the selection here two starts ago and had no luck at Musselburgh since. Ballyare and Magnificia are others who were better than the bare result on their most recent starts.
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