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Previous winner Lusail should make a bold bid, but it won’t be easy under his penalty. Noble Truth, Shivraj and Strega De Vega are interesting newcomers for whom the market should be revealing. However, FIND and Zechariah both shaped well at Yarmouth and make plenty of appeal. The Gosden representative could be open to the greater progress and can confirm the Yarmouth placings.
CROSSING THE BAR and Spanish Kiss have been hit by the handicapper for last month’s ready wins ,but they still look the most appealing pair. Crossing The Bar, from a family that has performed with distinction for many years, was very strong at the finish at Carlisle and can defy top weight.
Castana Dia, Hot Chesnut and Grey Sparkle are unexposed and may do better, while Libertine Belle won well last time and Velocistar’s claims would be greatly enhanced if the rain arrives. Genuine soft ground would be a worry for HELLO ME, who missed a Thirsk run last month on account of it.
But, she didn’t run badly from a bad draw at Chester last time on good to soft and a 5lbs drop for that looks generous. She’s still of major interest on her two-year-old all-weather form.
An interesting novice. Counsel only narrowly missed the cut in Thursday’s Britannia Stakes, but the forecast rain wouldn’t be welcomed, given he reportedly hated the soft ground at Sandown last time. Komachi is unexposed and Baaeed impressed at Leicester 12 days ago.
But, that pair may be up against it having to concede quite so much weight to MODEL ACTRESS, who probably split two good fillies at Goodwood. Counsel would be the second choice on goodish ground, replaced by Baaeed should conditions ease.
Robert Cowell has a strong hand, with FAUSTUS perhaps the pick. He is tentatively preferred to Razor Glass and Crimson Sand in a trappy race. Rebel At Dawn ran a fine race from a modest draw at Royal Ascot yesterday and would have strong claims if turned out quickly.
Isola Rossa, from a family James Fanshawe has enjoyed plenty of success with, still has the potential to rate higher and she is respected. Zhui Feng is another to consider with 6 furlongs here probably more suitable than at Windsor last time.
In what should be a well-run race it may pay to take a chance on YORKSHIRE PIRLO, who won well on his final start for Phillip Makin and could still have further progress in him after just six starts.
Final Watch looks likely to make another bold bid, while Fangorn drops in grade and Diffident Spirit moves into handicaps with potential. A 2lb rise for GRAYSTONE‘s (NAP) handicap debut success at Yarmouth looks lenient and he may be able to follow up in this stronger race.
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