Well backed in a Wolverhampton handicap in September, LEQUINTO confirmed the promise of his previous run – when he had been unlucky not to win – to regain the wining thread in ready style, making headway on the inner over a furlong out and quickening to lead entering the final furlong. That win has since worked out well, and Tony Carroll’s charge did his own bit for the form when going in again over the same course and distance last time, showing improved form to readily beat a pair of closers who had dropped to good marks. He is building up a potent record on the all-weather and could easily have more to offer, despite a 7lb rise in the weights.
A winner from a BHA mark of 77 in December, CHITRA has dropped below that mark of late and a big run could now be on the cards. The bare results of her summer outings arguably don’t do her justice, shaping well on most occasions, and she looked as though still in good form when fifth at this venue last time, dropped slightly in grade and again probably running better than the bare result, having a fairly wide trip to contend with. That race came after an 11-week break, so she is entitled to come on for the run, and she clearly holds leading claims on these terms.
LAURENTIA took her record to three wins from her last three starts on the all-weather when landing the odds at Wolverhampton last month, quickening up the far rail to nab the well-treated runner-up close home. She couldn’t build on that under similar conditions last time, but she can have a line put through that run, trouble in running on the home turn putting paid to her chances of landing a hat-trick. There is every reason to think she remains in form, and she makes plenty of appeal racing from the same mark.
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