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SISU offered some encouragement over inadequate trips in maiden company, most notably when fourth on debut at Kempton, and she looks the type to improve for the switch to handicaps.
She didn’t show immediate improvement on her handicap debut at Kempton in January, but she didn’t look like the finished article on that occasion and may have benefited from the subsequent six-month break. It’s interesting that the in-form Sir Mark Prescott has her well entered up in the coming days, and it would be little surprise were she to take a big step forward.
BASHFUL has a good staying pedigree, so it was little surprise he lacked the speed or sharpness to make an impact on his only start at two. He offered much more to work with on his reappearance in a 9-furlong novice at Lingfield three weeks ago, but he found only one opponent too strong. He ought to improve again for the experience and this slightly longer trip, so he looks like a big player for the in-form Andrew Balding.
This does not look like a strong maiden, and it represents a good opportunity for TAMAAMM to get off the mark. He built on a promising debut effort when runner-up at Leicester last time, but he was unlucky to bump into a really exciting prospect who has since bolted up. There shouldn’t be anything of Baaeed’s quality in this line-up and Tamaamm can gain a deserved success.
EAGLE EYED FREDDIE was only seventh on his return at Windsor a couple of weeks ago, but he should not be judged on that effort as he raced very wide and was stuck out in the centre of the course. He was still in contention for a place over a furlong out but, having raced keenly in the early stages, he understandably faded close home.
He ought to be sharper for his return, while the application of cheekpieces may put an extra edge on him. He looks well handicapped based on some of his two-year-old form.
GOSNAY GOLD had to settle for second at Goodwood last time, but he showed enough to suggest that he ought to be winning shortly. Gosnay Gold stuck to his task well at Goodwood, despite racing closer than ideal to a solid pace. He looks well handicapped from just a 1lb higher mark. He also takes a small drop in class, so his chance is obvious.
TAWAAFOQ has an exceptional record over course and distance, successful on all three attempts over this track and trip. He met trouble in running when in mid-division here over 7 furlongs, but he showed enough to suggest that he remains in form and will be competitive back over his optimum trip. He is only 3lbs higher than his last winning mark.
PASTFACT has a good record at this venue – he has won here on three occasions – and he is of interest having slipped in the weights to 4lbs below his last winning mark. He needs to be forgiven a below-par effort here last time. But, he had shaped well on his previous outing when third at Lingfield, so looks capable of cashing in on this reduced mark.
GHEPARDO took advantage of a falling mark when successful over course and distance last time, bouncing back to form from out of the blue. She is 5lbs higher in the weights here, but still looks well treated based on her old form (has won off a mark just 1lb lower) and she can follow up.
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