Making his debut for George Baker’s yard on his return to action here earlier this month, Fame N Fortune justified support to open his account for the season, making his way to the front approaching the final furlong before forging clear to win by three lengths. He was evidently well primed for that race but is still low mileage for his age and should remain competitive.
She’s A Lion offered something to work on when third on debut at Kempton earlier this month, and she improved on that effort when going one place better at Catterick last time, tapping into some of the stamina on the dam’s side of her pedigree and she stayed on, pulling clear of the remainder. She has the potential for further improvement, so a chance is taken on her.
Nikulina looked badly in need of experience when finishing down the field on debut at Goodwood last month, but that was a stronger race than this, and she did come in for a little support prior to the off, so she just about gets the nod in this contest. Allegranza appeals most of the newcomers.
Runner-up in the 1000 Guineas, Cloak Of Spirits belatedly got off the mark for the season in a listed event at Newmarket last month, digging deep under pressure, her and the runner-up pulling nicely clear of the remainder, and she found an extra bit of improvement to finish third in the Sun Chariot Stakes at the same venue last time. She deserves credit for her consistency and rates a major player now dropped back to listed level on her all-weather debut.
Jacinth looked in need of the experience on debut, but she did better with that initial effort under her belt to finish third at Newbury in August, a race that has since proved strong form for the grade. She shaped as if still in good form when second at Chelmsford last time, not seen to best effect after conceding the first run, but she finished well and ought to be winning soon enough. She sets the standard in this contest and is worth another chance.
Sorrel has progressed with each run this season, improving again to follow up her Leicester win with success at Doncaster last month, that victory having more substance to it as well, Sir Michael Stoute’s charge showing a good attitude and finding plenty to lead near the line. She will go on improving, particularly now tackling this longer trip, and gets the nod to bring up the hat-trick.
Dropped back in trip at Wolverhampton in August, Chiarodiluna showed improved form to finish second, pulling clear of the remainder, and she progressed a little further kept at seven furlongs at Chelmsford last time, doing little wrong despite coming out on the wrong side of a protracted duel with the winner. She sets the clear standard in this race and is expected to belatedly open her account.
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