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There is a field of juvenile newcomers going here, and hard to rule any out. But, MAGLEV was an expensive purchase (£210,000) at the breeze-ups earlier this year and is bred to be very sharp, so he gets the nod before market clues. Wings of War was another expensive buy who is bred for speed too, while Primo has to be respected from the George Boughey team whose two-year-olds have been on fire this season.
This race is also worth keeping an eye on as it sees Mr McCann make his debut for a premier group of owners. The Tom Dascombe-trained colt is owned by Liverpool teammates Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The ownership group is rounded out by ex-Red and now Brighton midfielder Adam Lallana. But, it remains to be seen if there’ll be a ‘golden sky’ at the end of his racing debut though.
A cracking maiden event, featuring a number of well-bred newcomers. NEPTUNE LEGEND is well bred himself and cost £350,000 as a yearling. He has the advantage of experience over most having shaped well when second at Nottingham a fortnight ago.
He could prove too sharp for debutants Sed Maarib, Dhabab, Yaahobby and Wild Tiger, who are all bred to be at least useful, and the market may reveal expectations first time up.
Down in class and back at 7 furlongs, MUHALHEL should prove hard to beat in what is essentially a weak race, even by claimer standards. The form of his fifth-place finish at Kempton last month is a standout in this field and he remains with some potential after just four career starts. On these terms, Sadie’s Day is clear second choice ahead of Accrington Stanley.
CROESO CYMRAEG was progressive last season, winning handicaps at Sandown and Goodwood over similar trips. He also shaped like the best horse at the weights when beaten a neck in second on his return over course and distance two weeks ago.
He travelled strongly and the manner in which he moved into contention suggests he has even more to offer this year, just finding the race-fit winner too tough in the closing stages. He is entitled to strip fitter for that now, and he is expected to go one place better from a 3lbs higher mark.
This looks between the progressive pair SONNING and Big Boy Bobby with preference for the former, who proved his opening mark all wrong when coming clear with another well-handicapped sort in a good race at Beverley on his return.
He was well backed to follow up at Chester last time, but is best not judged on that poor performance as he never looked at ease on the unique track. The return to this shorter trip isn’t a concern and the longer straight here will give him more time to hit full stride. There should be more to come from him.
DIVINE MAGIC got off the mark in decisive fashion over course and distance last month, seeming well suited by the drop back to 7 furlongs, and remains on a workable mark having been raised 6lbs in the weights. She is taken to follow up, likely at the main expense of the well treated, but not so straightforward Spirit of Bermuda.
PERSARIA is from a good sprinting family – she is a sister to multiple Group 1 winner The Tin Man and a half-sister to Deacon Blues – and she should be capable of much better than she has shown so far.
She was much shorter in the market than previously on her turf debut at Lingfield three weeks ago and, though she failed to improve, she still shaped with promise to take second in the closing stages. She is bred to be much better than an opening mark of 65, and it would be no surprise were she to prove a different proposition now.
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