It is hard to be adamant with most of these but Eyes and Ghostly go on the shortlist after finishing second last time out. Potential looks thin on the ground, but twice-raced VARENNA STORM could have some with this step up in trip on her nursery debut.
There is no obvious faulting Silvestris’ application despite the growing collection of place finishes and he looms large in calculations again despite the worst draw. A pair of once-raced representatives from in-form yards capture the imagination more, however, with ABSOLUTE SCENES getting the nod over Illustrator having demonstrated her wellbeing a lot more recently. The drop to 7 furlongs isn’t a concern.
American Entente showed plenty in a couple of runs on turf in midsummer and it would be no surprise to see her return from wind surgery with an improved effort. However, Godolphin’s ARABIC CHARM does set quite a good standard for a race like this having posted RPRs in the mid-80s when placed twice in handicap company at Sandown in August. This is her first experience of all-weather but her strong-travelling style suggests she’ll take to artificial surfaces.
In the form of her life and with further improvement a possibility, Highfield Princess offers an obvious angle. Equally it would be prudent to respect the chance of Mr Millarcky who was denied a four-timer possibly by the heavy ground at Leicester. Nevertheless, it is the lightly raced MOLIVALIENTE (NAP) with Andrea Atzeni in the saddle who gets the nod after an eyecatching fourth at Kempton a fortnight ago.
This is competitive. CONSCIOUS did it cosily enough at Lingfield last time and may be able to defy the handicapper again and complete an all-weather hat-trick but there are plenty of possible dangers, headed by Earth And Sky assuming a wide stall doesn’t prove too big a negative. Toronado Queen is another respected going in search of the hat-trick, while Elmejor shaped quite nicely back on his favoured AW last time and this return to 1m should help.
Although this is a third race for him in eight days, it’s still tempting to side with last week’s course and distance scorer Cashel against an opposition that’s collectively 1-40 for the calendar year. If anything is able to spring a surprise, however, it might be POPE GREGORY, who was rather more encouraging at Leicester last week and now is trying the surface his dam won on five times. Mr Nutherputt and Zayriyan head the alternatives.
The worst of the draw means it’s no certainty that Lily Beach will uphold recent C&D superiority over Fivehundredmiles. The latter remains on a mark he’s successfully defied here previously and demands respect on that basis, but DREW BREEZE has cultivated a fairly pleasing profile since joining Rod Millman and wouldn’t need to find much improvement for the switch to Polytrack to oblige.
Tampere may build on last month’s course third but it’s still doubtful whether she will be able to seriously trouble GOLDEN RULES who marked himself down as useful prospect when only just failing to get up at Ascot last time.
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