An open look to this auction maiden. Lightning Boltz sets the standard and is holding his form well but slight preference is for LET ME PASS, outstayed over a mile at Killarney on soft and who should appreciate this drop in trip. Both Shacketon Hero and Oh Say are likely to come on considerably from their debut runs and rate definite threats, while Valour holds place claims.
Hard to look beyond ROYAL BLEND, who brings a good level of form, including on heavy ground, here. Ones Are Wild could well improve from his debut run to feature, while newcomer Riva is worth a market check.
Despite a busy campaign, FLYING VISIT (nap) is taking his racing really well and made a potentially smart type battle all the way last time. All his racing has been done at a mile so forcing tactics over this shorter trip seem certain and, proven on this ground, he could be hard to reel in. Cosmic Vega edges the selection on ratings but a strong pace could find him out, while Sandhurst has to be respected but his long break since a promising debut is slightly concerning and this could prove a gruelling test.
None of these can be safely ruled out but perhaps IN FROM THE COLD can get back to winning ways on his return to this trip having been running with credit over further lately. His stablemate Comfort Line is a danger, and he is closely matched with Royal Pippen.
Couple of course specialists here in Scorpion Black and Highway To Heaven but there are valid reasons in terms of trip and ground to pass over the pair of them in favour of GIORNI FELICE, a good second over slightly further at Navan last time and who handles heavy ground.
Plenty have chances. BALLINLOUGH GALE ran a cracker at Thurles last time on his return from a break and, with improvement likely, can make the breakthrough today. Yankee Stadium is a danger, along with Marchetti and Actuary.
This is going to be run on testing ground and SHIFTED STRATEGY is at his best on that, so he can make the most of his low mark and notch a second win. MK Drama, Jungle Jungle and Musalsal can give him most to do.
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