There are some interesting newcomers in this with Skyrunner perhaps the pick of them and market support for him would be interesting, but a couple of these already have good form on the board. Statement has finished runner-up in both starts, but she didn’t really improve second time and preference is for ACHELOIS. She may not be ideally suited by this slight drop in trip, but her narrow defeat on soft ground at Newmarket last time was a good effort and she is entitled to step forward again. Knowwhentorun has also run well on a testing surface and holds each-way claims at least.
Aleas and Wallem are big players on form but they are very similar types and look hard to split, while Wicklow may have to settle for more minor honours. There are some interesting newcomers in the line-up, notably KEEPER who has excellent credentials. Taraashoq and Title are other likely sorts. The betting should help to firm up what’s expected.
As in the first division and partly for the sake of consistency, the vote goes to an interesting Roger Charlton-trained newcomer, namely KING OF TSAVO. Some of the other debutants, notably Moshaawer, also have good credentials. Eagle Terrace looks the pick of those with experience and he has to be feared.
It was over 1m rather than 1m2f but WIDAAD’s performance on heavy going at Windsor 11 days ago puts her clear top of the list. Dutch Schultz has accomplished most among the rest, although fellow once-raced candidates Turquoise Kingdom and Made For Minds also showed some ability and promise. Ensillar is a newcomer to check out.
Roger Varian’s filly WONDROUS WORDS (nap) didn’t enjoy a favourable tactical scenario when clear second to an all-the-way winner in a muddling race at Ayr last time, and is given another chance to add to her ready success two starts ago. Moonlight In Paris and Affable both made the frame in the same valuable Class 2 event at Newmarket this month and are closely matched on that form. Arctic Victory flopped on the AW last time but her earlier turf form makes her of interest.
Most appear to be in with a shout. Gentleman At Arms and East End Girl might be the pick among the more experienced handicappers but DAYSAN and Jacinta De Vega surely bring potential on their handicap debuts.
She has finished ninth and seventh in her two runs this season but wasn’t beaten that far over 6f last time and MOLLS MEMORY is very much one of the most likely options considering what she did last year, including to win this race. It’s possible to find excuses for the last two displays produced by Tulfarris and he is feared most. Plenty of the others would seemingly prefer good to soft rather than soft.
Although others arrive in better form, DIAMOND DOUGAL is interesting in first-time blinkers and runs off a tempting mark. He’s taken to stage a revival and go one better than when runner-up in this contest two years ago. With a string of seconds next to his name, Eye Of The Water seems destined for another silver medal. Punchbowl Flyer may prove best of the last-time-out winners, though Colonel Whitehead should be a danger to all if he copes with the trip/ground. A few others also have possibilities in an open race.
Under the tutelage of David Pipe MAIN FACT has improved so much over hurdles that he looks potentially thrown in for this first Flat run in three years. Master Milliner is going the right way and lost little in defeat last time behind a fellow improver.
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