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Majestic Dawn created a big impression when running away with the Cambridgeshire and he’s a strong contender on this first outing since. Overwrite has some quiet runs to put behind him, but he’ll be a danger to all if back to his Newmarket form in April.
None appeal more than EPIC ENDEAVOUR (NAP) though, with the four-year-old likely to leave his seasonal return well behind him. He made giant strides in the second half of 2020 and still has more to give after just nine starts.
War Of Courage will find this more suitable than some of the assignments he has faced, but the fact that headgear is being reached for is slightly discouraging. It may be worth siding with a newcomer, with King Of War and ORAZIO looking the likeliest candidates.
It is interesting that Dreams Of Thunder is pitched in so deep on her debut, but connections did win a Hilary Needler with a newcomer not that long ago and her Breeze Up purchase price catches the eye.
Sows is better than she showed at Royal Ascot, but CANONIZED brings the best form into the race and if she takes after her dam then she could progress again now faced with a slower surface.
Top Rank should be a potent threat back in Listed company, despite the steadier of his big penalty, and he’s high on the list. Meanwhile, the smooth-travelling Brentford Hope will surely prove up to this level sooner rather than later. CENTURY DREAM is favoured by the weights though, and it was only in the final stride that he missed out in an Epsom Group 3 three weeks ago.
Even a further 9lbs rise doesn’t look enough to prevent FLYIN’ SOLO making it 3-3 on the turf as he looks most progressive on this surface. Mascat likely would have gone close at Sandown last time but for meeting trouble, so he gets the nod for the forecast spot. The consistent Alfred Boucher is likely to give his running again, while Dark Jedi could also have a say if ready to roll on his return.
Inclement Weather and Diamonds Dancing are open to improvement and can go well, but this may rest between Fernando Rah and THE PRINCES POET. The former is the better long-term prospect and his debut effort reads well, but the ground will be an unknown and he’s shown an aversion to the stalls twice already. The Princes Poet looks well worth a crack at 5 furlongs, handles slow ground and this could be the day he breaks his duck.
It may be worth taking a chance on the class-dropping topweight ONE MORE SU. There are grounds for expecting better from her today and she’s preferred to Aletoile, who ran her best race in this headgear nine days ago. Drying ground would bring Lisdarragh into the reckoning.
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