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The most solid option is Archie Watson’s AMOR DE MI VIDA, who made it 2-4 on turf when cashing in on a reduced mark at Salisbury on her recent return and a 3lb rise for that success looks fair. The main danger is Toptime, who has a solid record and gave it good shot when a front-running third behind the selection nine days ago. Others to consider are Mister Bluebird, who won over C&D on his penultimate run, and Hemmsa, who shaped with promise on the AW on her reappearance.
The leading contender is RUSSELLINTHEBUSHES, who went very close in her first two starts and had a tough task in a Listed race at York last time. She sets the standard back in much calmer waters and may well be able to make it fourth time lucky. Night Candle and Turna finished second and third in a 5f Nottingham maiden 15 days ago, but Turna showed plenty of speed on that debut effort and she’s feared most on this switch to quicker ground. A newcomer who needs watching in the market is Clive Cox’s If You Can Dream.
It’s hard to rule out many of these in this competitive race but the vote goes to SPOOF, who has form figures of 265112 at this track and was an eyecatching second in a Class 3 over C&D last Monday. A Sure Welcome went close over 6f here last time and he’s feared most on this drop back in trip, though Benefit Street is respected on his drop back in grade. The other one on the shortlist is the admirable veteran Shamshon, who recorded his 15th win when scoring on Polytrack last month.
Preference is for GOLDIE HAWK (nap), who has won three of her five handicaps and ran well again when a clear third behind an improver in a higher grade at Kempton 19 days ago. This well-bred filly still has potential and is a big player back in a Class 4 event on turf. The main threat could come from Mafia Power, who is starting to look well handicapped again and was a creditable third at Bath last Saturday.
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Long Tradition took a major step forward with his promising effort at Chelmsford last month and is open to further progress on this step up to 1m2f. Roger Varian’s Watch My Six looks a likely improver upped in trip on his second start, while there are several striking newcomers who need watching in the market including Cuban Sands and Pennymoor. However, it is hard to get away from SEA SYLPH, who holds some Group entries and sets a good standard on her near miss at Doncaster on her sole 2yo run.
This could revolve around Clashaniska and LETHAL BLAST who have both had a productive time this year. The former went close in his bid for an AW hat-trick in March and is respected at this new trip for his new yard, but preference is for the very speedy front-runner Lethal Blast who is 3-6 since joining John Bridger and could resume her progress on her return to turf. Another to consider is the well-handicapped Buy Me Back, who looks interesting on her switch back to quicker ground.
The vote goes to GONE MOD, who is a big player on form and bred to rate higher yet. Second choice is Marienplatz, ahead of Devil’s Cub. Some of the handicap newcomers are open to improvement, notably Jenson Benson and Tregony who are closely matched on C&D form five weeks ago.
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