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From a physical point of view this daughter of No Nay Never looked a standout when reappearing on her second lifetime start up at York. NYMPHADORA put up a pretty impressive performance on that occasion and it’s interesting that Jason Watson keeps the ride as he has been out of favour with a few trainers. In a race loaded with natural pace, she will be hitting the line strongly.
KEMARI will need to have learnt an awful lot in just his two races to date, as this is notably a rough contest over a mile and six furlongs. The first right-hand turn comes up pretty quickly. He obviously has a bundle of untapped potential and the fact they pitch him straight into a much stronger Group 2 level, says he’s has bounced out of that victory at York last time in top order.
LADY BOWTHORPE looked as good as ever on her return at headquarters and prove that was no flash in the pan with a fantastic second up at the top table at Newbury. It’s been 29 years since the trainer graced the winners’ enclosure at the Royal meeting and he can do so again with this red hot favourite on a track that clearly suits.
Since the gelding operation LORD NORTH really hasn’t looked back and he bids to win this contest for a second successive year. He’s off the back of an impressive performance over in Dubai and has match fitness on his side against the super filly Love. She is taking on the boys for the first time and off a 300-day absence it may just catch her out.
Was a very expensive fail last time at Epsom but the track and the ground had gone against IRISH ADMIRAL and he was never in it, that surely was not the full potential of his ability and return to a quicker surface on a more conventional track can see him bounce back to form. He is one of only a few in here with a massive upside and he looks to have been drawn with some pace around him as well.
SPRING IS SPRUNG looked very impressive in the paddock on his racecourse debut although he was carrying a good bit of condition and he slightly faded to finish fourth. He stepped up on that dramatically for an easy success after and like a whole host of these is firmly on an upward curve. The fact that Andrew Balding has let his main rider off to partner the Queen’s runner suggests that they mean business.
A big, powerful individual FFION stood out in the prelims at Haydock last time and very nearly managed to hold on despite having a torrid run round in the early stages. An outsider was hassling her up on the front-end and she was made to go much quicker in the early stages than she would have liked and was surprisingly able to hold on to second place, in what was a lung-busting effort. She has had just under the month to bounce out of that run and her young trainer wouldn’t be throwing her in here if she wasn’t flying at home.
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