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The George Boughey-trained CASHEW has to concede weight all round courtesy of her victory at Windsor last month, but that form looks solid, and this daughter of Bated Breath was well on top at the line. There should be more to come, so she is fancied to go in again. Wrought Iron has shown a level of form good enough to land a similar contest, and is rated next best ahead of Berkshire Phoenix, who appeals as the pick of the remainder.
It is probably best to overlook EASY TO DREAM‘s latest effort at Lingfield and, in doing so, her claims look pretty strong based on what she showed in handicaps at Kempton over seven furlongs. Dropping back in trip shouldn’t be an issue switched to this stiffer course and she is marginally preferred to Desert Marathon, who was probably unsuited by the easy surface last time.
Roger Varian’s newcomer PAPACITO cost 140,000 guineas as a yearling, and has plenty to recommend him on paper – related to several winners – so is taken to make a winning debut in a novice where plenty arrive with question marks against them. Walls of Kano, who opened his account over course and distance last time, sets a decent standard on form so rates the obvious threat, although a market move for Marcus Tregoning’s newcomer Qasaad would put a slightly different slant on things.
MORROOJ produced a career-best effort to open her account at Chepstow in August last year, wearing down a rival who had the run of the race on the rail, and looking like a filly who should have even more to offer. You can put a line through her final start at Yarmouth, where she lost her action and was pulled up (was reportedly struck into) and she remains well handicapped on her return from nine months off.
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ANGHAAM has a smart pedigree and didn’t need to improve on last year’s form to get off the mark at Haydock in April under an enterprising ride from the front. The third won next time out to give the form a boost, and Anghaam was well backed to follow up on handicap debut at Newmarket last time. She showed improved form to finish third and she’s a half-sister to a smart performer who improved with age so may yet do better still.
MODESTUS is from an excellent family the yard knows well – closely related to Tempus and a half-brother to high-class Time Test – and he shaped with plenty of encouragement on debut over a mile and a quarter at this course last month. He was beaten over 13 lengths in fourth, but shaped better than the bare result, seeming to need the run for both fitness and experience, while soft ground probably didn’t suit, either. Modestus is open to significant improvement now stepping up in trip and possesses the scope to do a lot better.
Jim Crowley was successful aboard HARLOW on the sole previous occasion that he has partnered Ian Williams’ charge, and that was off a 7 lb higher mark on the all-weather in November. They can combine to good effect again here, with the drying ground in Harlow’s favour. Retrospect will be a threat if perked up by a wind op/the addition of blinkers, while Hawridge Flyer also enters calculations.
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