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Probably a decent two-year-old event and the betting should be revealing. COTAI BEAUTY is one of several who makes plenty of appeal on paper – was purchased for £95,000 at the breeze-ups this year – related to a couple of five-furlong juvenile winners, and gets the vote before the benefit of market clues. Lady Fantasia and Artemisia Gentile fall into the same category, while Bloomington Bride and Shakenotstirred both leave the impression they can improve plenty from their first outings.
NORMAN KINDU failed to shine at Wetherby last month, but that was his first run on ground softer than good and he seemed unsuited by conditions, so he is given another chance to build on his breakthrough success at the same course two weeks earlier. Oceanline and Doublethetrouble may also appreciate tackling better ground than on their latest starts, but Fandabidozi is better than he showed last time at Chelmsford and is feared most.
A closely-knit handicap in which a narrow vote goes to HEPTATHLETE who has already garnered four wins on the all-weather this year, and had form on turf when trained in France, so is taken to register yet another victory. David O’Meara’s Avebury is much less exposed and greatly feared now stepping into handicap company, while Al Simmo also commands respect on the back of his career-best performance at Doncaster last time.
CRIMSON SAND was strong in the betting on his return from five months off and left his debut form well behind when winning a five-furlong maiden at Lingfield in February. He looked potentially smart when following up under a penalty at the same course next time, and didn’t get the best run through when only midfield on handicap debut at Ascot last time. The feeling is he is a well-handicapped horse and well worth another chance. Fantasy Master goes well here and could be the danger at bigger odds.
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This could be a strongly-run race and that will suit STAR ASCENDING, who is having his first run on turf for 20 months. He wasn’t seen to best effect at Wolverhampton last time, but he is more than capable from this sort of mark, represents an in-form yard, and is chanced to resume winning ways. Lingfield-winner Like Sugar seems sure to go well again from the front, while the frustrating Puckle might benefit from the fitting of headgear.
A few of these offer potential, not least QAASID, who comfortably opened his account in a novice event at Kempton last November. He showed much improved form on that occasion, and his smart pedigree suggests there should be even more to come. Qaasid has subsequently been gelded and goes into handicaps on an attractive mark. He can fend off fellow handicap debutant Sevenal, who seems sure to build on his recent victory at Windsor.
Lots of these have question marks against them, so the handily-weighted LIGHTNING ATTACK looks the way to go on the back of a very good second at Bath last time. He is 14 lb lower than his last winning mark and could be ready to strike again. The in-form Hotcity can make her presence felt with the cheekpieces retained, while New Look is another worth a second look for place purposes.
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