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With just three runs under his belt, ZIGGY (NAP) is open to improvement and both his pedigree and his performances so far suggest today’s longer trip will suit. He’s taken to make a winning handicap debut with Dolphin Vista the main danger ahead of Shining Aitch.
The softening ground should not bother SCHEHERAZADE, as conditions were similar when she was third at Bath last time. Roby Mill is unraced on slow ground but, provided that throws up no issues, she appeals as the likeliest threat.
The most striking contender is the lightly raced four-year-old BINT AUSTRALIA, who ran another good race when a staying-on third behind a handicap blot at Newcastle last month and is open to more progress at this new trip.
Second choice is course winner Gold Souk, who wasn’t beaten far at Goodwood last time and looks interesting back on slower ground at this track. City Tour has each-way claims, while dual-purpose performer Tamaris could be dangerous on his return to the Flat.
Shuthoor has leading claims on her near miss at Wolverhampton and is strongly respected on this drop to 6 furlongs, while Passionova put in a dominant display on all-weather here in February and could make another bold bid switched to turf on her return.
However, the vote goes to Yarmouth debut winner AROUSING, who finished a clear second behind a very useful rival at Windsor on her reappearance and has plenty of scope for further progress if coping with this slower ground.
Top of the list is Richard Hannon’s FODEN, who travelled strongly for a long way when a promising third at Wolverhampton on his recent debut and sets the standard. Showmedemoney had a tough task against the subsequent Windsor Castle runner-up at Chelmsford last time and he’s feared most on his switch back to turf. Damascus Finish and Devaste have each-way claims, while Ralph Beckett’s newcomer Shabano needs watching in the market.
Vitesse Du Son has won on Polytrack here in his last two starts and is respected back on turf. But, slight preference is for INNER CIRCLE, who produced a strong finish when cashing in on a reduced mark at Chepstow and is only 2lbs higher here.
The other one on the shortlist is Shyjack, who has performed well at Yarmouth on his last two runs and has possibilities if he gets a good pace to aim at on this drop back in trip.
Canoodled has run well on turf in her last two starts and has claims, as does Final Rendezvous who went very close at Chelmsford and is a big player if she can transfer her form back to turf. However, the vote goes to ROMAN MIST, who was a good front-running third in her bid for a double at Newmarket last time and is on the same mark here on her drop back in trip.
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