An open-looking handicap that could go the way of MINI MILK. She’s taken well to polytrack and found only an improver too good over course and distance last time, but going with plenty enthusiasm and leaving the impression she has more races in her from this sort of mark. She is marginally preferred to the likes of Cashel and Recuerdame, who both arrive in good order and are nicely drawn.
JAARIYAH looked potentially useful when landing a 7-furlong minor event here on her sole two-year-old start, beating a host of subsequent improvers. She offered something to work on when fifth at Yarmouth on reappearance and, likely to come on for that, she is taken to get the better of Perfect Inch and likely-looking newcomer Nation’s Beauty.
Cases can be made for the majority of these, but there’s little doubt that LIGHTS ON is the one with the greatest potential. She finished clear of the rest when just touched off on last month’s handicap debut at Musselburgh and remains on an attractive mark, despite going up 5lbs. Manton Grange resumed winning ways here last time and looks the biggest danger.
DELICATE KISS arrives in good form having won at Sandown in September and beaten just half a length in second at Chelmsford last time. She ran at least as well in defeat last time, finishing best of all from off the pace. Delicate Kiss remains on a fair mark and should continue to give a good account. One Small Step and Masked Identity arrive in form and should be respected.
ARATUS started at odds of 33/1 on debut at Newbury in September, but showed plenty to work on, finishing runner-up to a subsequent winner – while leaving the impression he would improve a fair bit for the experience. He was the pick of the field on looks that day, and should prove hard to beat switched to the all-weather granted normal improvement.
LOXLEY finished runner-up to Young Rascal in this race 12 months ago and is taken to go one place better in what looks a lesser renewal. He was strong in the betting after seven months off at Newmarket last time, but he failed to give his running, too keen in the early stages of the race.
That should have blown the cobwebs off and he looks the one to beat on form. Kirstenbosch chased home Enable in the September Stakes here and gets the nod for the forecast.
SKY DEFENDER looks to be ending the year in just as good form as he started it and can deservedly get his head back in front. He proved at least as good as ever when runner-up in a Group 3 in Germany last time and can give plenty of weight away here. Ralph Beckett pair Lucander and Victory Chime can provide the main opposition.
Dual course winner IMAGE OF THE MOON has bumped into less exposed types in recent starts and can gain a deserved victory with the tongue strap back on returned to the all-weather from what still looks a workable mark. Viola and Dono Di Dio look the likeliest dangers.
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