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ALBADR endured a disappointing campaign for Roger Ingram last season, but he has fallen in the weights as a consequence and starts out for Joseph Parr on a tempting mark. Parr has made a promising start to his career, as has 7lbs claimer Harry Burns.
It’s worth taking a chance that the change in scenery can spark a revival from Albadr, who is very well treated based on his novice win for John Gosden two years ago.
DARK CROCODILE was making his first start for 21 months when contesting a 7-furlong handicap at Kempton last month, but he really caught the eye. Dark Crocodile, who joined Geoffrey Deacon from Seamus Durack prior to his return, was awkward leaving the stalls and pulled hard in rear
However, he made good headway before finding himself short of room over a furlong out. That was an encouraging return and Dark Crocodile looks capable of scoring from this mark.
GOLDEN RAINBOW was unable to justify odds-on favouritism on debut at Brighton last month, but he shaped with promise in second behind a talented rival and is entitled to improve for the experience. The speedily-bred Golden Rainbow showed plenty of pace and pressed the leader through the early stages before edging ahead two furlongs out.
He was unable to resist Navello’s strong challenge, but that rival subsequently bolted up in the Lily Agnes, so Golden Rainbow was facing a stiff task. He remains with plenty of potential.
LETHAL BLAST impressed when scoring over course and distance last month and can defy a 7lbs rise in the weights. Lethal Blast showed speed rarely seen at this lowly level, building up a sizeable advantage and always looking in control.
There was a lot to like about the performance, on what was just her third start for this yard, and she can prove a cut above her rivals again under conditions that clearly suit.
HEADLEY GEORGE has been a model of consistency on the all-weather during the winter and makes appeal in an uncompetitive contest. Headley George has finished runner-up on five of his last six outings and was successful on the other occasion.
He showed he was in top form when runner-up over course and distance last time, and would have pushed the winner closer had he not been trapped on heels turning for home. He can gain reward for his consistency here.
I’M DIGBY remains a maiden after 16 starts, but he produced his best effort for a while when runner-up at Wolverhampton last time and is of obvious interest off the same mark. That contest was over a mile-and-a-half but I’m Digby, who was collared in the closing stages, has run well over shorter and will have no problem with the drop in trip. He can finally get off the mark.
SPIRIT MIXER was unable to justify support on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton last month, but he shaped well in fourth, coming from further back than the trio who beat him. Spirit Mixer was also forced wide on the turn for home, so he did well to get within 2 lengths of the winner.
He is well bred – by Frankel out of Juddmonte International winner Arabian Queen – and still lightly raced, so should still have plenty to offer.
FRENCH MINSTREL has been in flying form of late and completed the hat-trick here last time. French Minstrel raced lazily when kicking off the winning sequence here in February, but he has travelled kindly the last twice and looked especially straightforward on his latest outing.
He was always holding on last time, winning by a length-and-a-quarter with a bit to spare, and a 3lbs rise should not be enough to stop the winning sequence.
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