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Today’s drop back to 7 furlongs ought to suit William Buick’s mount CAPLA BERRY, who didn’t quite see out 1m when fourth at Yarmouth recently. She remains lightly raced for her age and gets the nod. The other mare, Florenza, hasn’t won for a while but ran well on both her starts last month and has a good record at this track. Glenn Coco will appreciate today’s return to a sound surface and is next on the list.
There are some very interesting newcomers, but ASWAN sets a useful standard judged on his debut fourth at Yarmouth 16 days ago and there can be optimism he’ll improve for that run. Godolphin’s 680,000gns yearling Private Signal is feared most, ahead of the Roger Varian-trained Oh Great – who is a half-brother to two Group-race winners.
Nathaniel gelding LINE OF DESCENT stayed on for third over 1m 2f here on his debut in March and, with that race having worked out well, he’s taken to come out on top today now upped to 1m 4f. The filly Golden Bugle also brings solid form, but the main threat could come from the 725,000gns Godolphin newcomer Neptune Seas.
The promising Saffie Osborne removes 5lbs from MOUNTAIN PEAK, who is taken to build on his fair reappearance run and return to winning ways. The handicapper has given the veteran Caspian Prince a chance and he is second choice, ahead of Bath winner Ginger Jam and unlucky Windsor fifth Jawwaal.
The ground was heavy when HEADINGLEY was tailed off at Haydock last time and he’d have won at Goodwood the run before but for hanging badly up the camber. He retains potential off his current mark and is the selection ahead of handicap newcomer Jebel Dukhan. Comfortable Nottingham winner Siam Fox could also play a major role despite a 9lbs rise.
Thornaby Pearl, the only last-time-out winner in the field, has a 6lbs higher mark and faster ground to negotiate and may prove vulnerable. Akkeringa and Symbol Of Hope still have untapped potential, while Northbound could revive on a sound surface, but TAMASKA (NAP) is the pick.
He failed to complete his hat-trick at Thirsk last time, but he dug deep to repel those racing near him in the centre of the track, only to be mugged by a fast-finisher up against the stands’ rail. He can gain compensation off the same mark.
The Sir Mark Prescott-trained three-year-old SUMMER’S KNIGHT retains plenty of potential now upped to a staying trip for his second handicap start, despite being turned over at odds-on over 1m 2f at Brighton last month.
Clifftop Heaven went close over course and distance last Saturday and looks best of the rest, although the Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old Fandabidozi could take a step forward at some point.
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