Having proved himself on the surface it’s hard to imagine BEAT THE HEAT being unable to follow up his win over 1m6f here seven days ago. The booking of Oisin Murphy for Cheshire does catch the eye and she looks the one most likely to chase him home if recapturing the form of her promising reappearance.
Both Kitzbuhel and Coqueta have shown enough to suggest they can win a race like this, with the latter being especially interesting given that the yard does so well with its few runners around here. However, it may be worth giving another chance to HALFWAYTOTHEMOON who is bred to be much better than she showed on her debut and her sire has an impressive 28% strike-rate with his runners at the track.
The dam of PEARL OF QATAR was suited by this C&D and her daughter took well to the surface when making a winning debut here last month. She should have more to come off this mark though Global Humor is a possible alternative, given that he’s in form and has won over C&D from just two 6f runs here. Kraka can’t be ruled out if things go his way from a high draw.
Despite being an 18-race maiden KYLLACHY WARRIOR has plenty going for him. He has run well in both previous visits here, has plenty of early speed and is well drawn, so this could be his day. Thegreyvtrain also has the pace to figure on his Fibresand debut back at this level, while there still looks to be a bigger performance in Ustath, another with enough early pace to make use of his good draw on his first visit here.
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A few of these have a question mark over them on this surface. Final Legacy is one exception, but he would have made more appeal had the stable been in better form, while there is a chance that this may come soon enough for Bluella after her recent fine return at Catterick. It may therefore be worth chancing four-time C&D winner ARCHIMEDES who hasn’t run badly lately and looks capable of figuring off this mark if in the mood.
Half the field has been sired by Dandy Man and the best of his offspring may be Elland Road Boy, who seems to have benefited from wind surgery and remains open to improvement after just two starts. West Way Never is entitled to respect down in class for a stable that does well here, but PRIDE OF UK is an interesting contender. He is well drawn and looks as though he may benefit from the application of the visor, while his sire has a fine record with his runners here.
It will be interesting to see what the market says about Imperial Square on his stable debut after a year off, especially with him and War Defender possibly improving for this new surface based on their respective pedigrees. However, HARMONIOUS looks the more solid option having made a perfectly respectable stable debut when runner-up over C&D seven days earlier.
It seems likely that Russian Rumour will go close after finishing runner-up to Beat The Heat over C&D last week and victory for that horse in the opener would give his chance something of a boost. War Empress should run her race without quite being good enough to win, but the vote goes to RESTIVE (nap) who hacked up under Serena Brotherton in this race last year and last month’s return/stable debut at Wolverhampton should have set him up nicely for a repeat bid.
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