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Old age may not prevent the veterans THORNTOUN CARE and Dance King from coming to the fore. The former is a course and distance winner who looks very nicely handicapped off his current mark, while the latter has bagged runner-up honours on his last two outings. Garrison Commander and Elhafei are feared most among the younger brigade.
A race that features the Flat debut of EILEENDOVER, whose bubble was burst at Aintree but who has looked exceptionally talented in bumpers otherwise and remains of strong interest. She’s an exciting prospect switched to this code and may outclass these rivals. Golden Viola and Thousand Oaks are open to progress and look the selection’s chief opponents.
A tricky race to call, as the runners with experience are open to improvement upped in trip and all of the newcomers are interesting types. Tentative preference is for NEAT AND DANDY, who should build on his Ripon effort. Caio Shark should fare better than last time, while six-figure purchase Encountered is first choice among the debutants (though take note of any market moves).
Preference is for AL SAARIYAH (NAP), who still looks well treated on her novice form and is open to further progress going beyond 6 furlongs for the first time. The solid Highfield Princess is second choice. Conservatoire commands respect, especially if the ground doesn’t dry out, and the other two runners also can’t be dismissed.
A chance is taken on AIRSHOW, who often hangs and isn’t straightforward, but has a very good chance off his current mark. Granted enough concentration he’s capable of winning this handicap. Second choice is Dark Defender, who also looks well treated on past exploits. In-form contenders Dream Together and Equidae are respected.
The strongest contenders are CHALK STREAM, Tashkhan and Carpentier in that order of preference. Chalk Stream is well handicapped under a penalty for last week’s Leicester success, while Tashkhan has solid claims on this year’s two runs and Carpentier should be competitive if proving as effective back on turf.
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