A few of these look quite closely matched on form. AJRAD comes out narrowly on top on RPRs so he gets the nod from a handy inside draw. Inveigle and Keep Right On should also play prominent roles, while the latter’s stablemate Epidemic could leave his debut run behind if the outside stall doesn’t prove too much of an inconvenience.
Dubai Paradise is likely to be found a race at some point, while Leo Minor and Captain Ryan are capable of going well at this level. SMOKEY (NAP) is on an upward curve though and she was value for a fair bit more than the winning margin at Wolverhampton last week. A 4lb rise still leaves her on a good mark and she can complete the hat-trick.
Few of these are entirely convincing and this may lie between two old rivals. ROCKETEER finished half a length behind Indian Pursuit over 6 furlongs here a fortnight ago and they meet on the same terms, but the three-year-old selection is much less exposed than his seven-year-old rival and the return to the minimum trip may be more in his favour if again ridden positively.
A wide draw isn’t ideal for Giuseppe Cassioli, but he still appeals as being well handicapped and can build on his recent Lingfield win. Kendergarten Kop, Win Win Power and the unexposed Alamora are others to consider, but BURKE AND WILLS ran well over course and distance two weeks ago and the addition of cheekpieces could see him pull out more.
One Night Stand hasn’t fared well on the draw front which tempers enthusiasm as he’d otherwise bring sound claims here. Nigel Nott is down in grade and fitted with headgear so he could revive, while Rock Sound needs consideration on his first run for George Boughey. I AM THE SECRET is the unexposed one in the field though and he’s given another chance to confirm the undoubted promise of his debut effort.
Several questions raised on different counts. RED FOR ALL gets the vote over a new trip as it was encouraging to see the way he finished off over 1m 4f at Wolverhampton. The well-connected Alchimista is considered now she goes handicapping, but this course may not suit doughty The Rocket Park with its short finishing straight – though he may well prove another feather in his trainer’s cap in time. Flashing Approach and The Cincinnati Kid have something to prove.
Byford won easily in France last time and is respected despite the penalty, while standard-setting Heaven Forfend could show the benefits of wind and gelding operations this time. Lost Eden and Real World are well-bred newcomers who need a market check, but THRILL SEEKER can have both runs excused (green on debut and heavy ground on reappearance) and he may show his true colours now upped in trip.
This is more realistic for Taima, a half-sister to a 1m winner as a two-year-old and a middle-distance winner, now she’s handicapping at a lowly level and handed a more suitable test. She’s open to improvement, but so is JEN’S LAD, who showed much more in the blinkers when last seen and who’ll appreciate the return to this longer trip. Recall It All ran better than his final position last time, having raced freely in front, and is worth considering among the bigger prices.
Having had two of today’s rivals behind him when narrowly beaten at Lingfield last time, Beat The Breeze is certainly a contender on form, but he has yet to get his head in front after 13 attempts and the outside stall won’t make things easy.
There may be a bit more to come from Stevie McKeane following a better effort over course and distance last time, but BAD ATTITUDE looks to have plenty going for him. A C&D winner in March, he was only just beaten at Wolverhampton on Monday and this is a slightly weaker race.
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