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Amazonian Dream has shown clear promise with his two runner-up efforts and sets a good standard, but slight preference is for SECOND WIND, who made a bright start when making all to beat an odds-on rival at Yarmouth and has plenty of scope for progress for his top yard. There are several well-bred newcomers who need watching in the market, including Richard Hannon’s Bosh and Ralph Beckett’s filly Lovely Mana.
Henry Candy’s COLOMBE (nap) probably didn’t have to improve to win at Windsor but she could still be the most progressive of these. Toptime rates a big danger after running well in a Class 4 last time.
An interesting race in which the vote goes to the big improver SARAH’S VERSE, who was a smooth winner at Bath last week and may well be able to strike again off her revised mark to make it four wins from her last six starts. The lightly raced Biggles made a bold bid when a clear second on his handicap debut at Newmarket and he’s feared most on this drop back to 6f. Recent course winner Newton Jack is respected on his return to sprinting, while others who could have a big part to play are Lordsbridge Boy and Spanish Star.
Richard Hannon has a couple of interesting contenders in Escape and Ower Starlight, while the well-bred newcomers Asjad and Zaammit need a close look in the market. However, the vote goes to CAPE COLUMBUS, who made a good start with his third behind an odds-on rival on soft ground at Nottingham three weeks ago and that form has been boosted by the fourth since.
Allegranza could be described as setting the standard, given her placings this spring over 1m2f, but quite a few of the others are open to improvement now that they move up to this trip for the first time. It is hard to say just which of that group will make the most progress but the vote goes to DEEP SIGH ahead of Thunderclap, with Windsor rivals Don’t Look Back and Dual Identity also seriously considered.
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Top of the list is Emma Lavelle’s progressive gelding MASTER MILLINER, who made it three wins from his last five starts when scoring at Goodwood on his return and a 4lb rise for that comfortable success looks fair. The other last-time-out winners Russian Rumour and Single are feared most in that order, though Cadeau D’Or is on a dangerous mark and could make a bold bid on his drop back in grade. Others to consider in this competitive race are Murhib, Grain Of Sense and Gentleman At Arms.
Most of these have quite a lot to prove on one count or another but BOBBY KENNEDY has been on the upgrade in middle-distance handicaps this spring and got off the mark with an emphatic win at Bath last time. He’s 7lb higher here but is open to more progress and gets the vote in his follow-up bid. The main threat could come from Sir Mark Prescott’s unexposed gelding Lindwall, who has had a wind operation and could show a lot more upped to this trip on his handicap debut.
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