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CEDAR’S STARS showed improved form when third on her handicap debut at Nottingham two weeks ago, leading briefly entering the final furlong before getting tired. The way she shaped suggests the drop back in trip here will be in her favour. Still relatively lightly raced, she may yet have more to offer and looks well capable of winning races from a BHA mark of 73.
ABATE returned to form when third in a big-field handicap at York last time, racing prominently and sticking to his task well to be beaten only 2-and-a-quarter lengths. He is still on a good mark and it’s not going to take much more to see him winning again. The drop in grade here provides him with an ideal opportunity to get off the mark for the season.
IMPLORE showed plenty of ability when fourth on his debut at Sandown two weeks ago, making some good late headway under a hands-and-heels ride. He looks sure to improve with that experience under his belt and is preferred to some interesting newcomers in this novice event, with the fine form of the John and Thady Gosden yard also giving cause for encouragement.
EXISTENT showed fairly useful form as a two-year-old, notably winning a Newmarket maiden by 6 lengths. This will be his first appearance on a racecourse since flopping in the Horris Hill Stakes at Newbury in October, but he is sure to progress as a three-year-old and leave that form behind. He is now fitted with cheekpieces for his handicap debut and doesn’t look too harshly treated from an opening BHA mark of 88.
FREE WIND looked a bright prospect when opening her account at Goodwood earlier this month, making all to win by 9 lengths in impressive fashion. She has a penalty to carry here, but still rates very much the one to beat on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings. She remains open to more improvement too, so this looks a good opportunity for her to follow up on the way to bigger and better things.
MONBAHER proved better than ever when making a successful handicap debut at this course three weeks ago, finding plenty in first-time blinkers to win by 5-and-a-half lengths (value for extra having been eased close home). This will be tougher from a 9lbs higher mark, but he remains with potential now stepping up further in trip and is fancied to prove equal to the task.
COMETH THE MAN looked an unlucky loser when second on his latest outing at Redcar, not getting much room at a crucial stage of the race and doing well under the circumstances to be beaten just a head. He can race from the same mark here after only six days off, so it goes without saying that he should take plenty of beating if arriving in the same sort of form.
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