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The most valuable race of this grade this season and likely many will have had this as their target. Serafim Forta and handicap debutant Run The Risk both sport new headgear and with their yard in red hot form it would be no surprise to see them improve here. Recent winner Bin Al Reeh showed many of these a clean pair of heels at Bath, though faces less favourable conditions today. However, SAMAWAAT from the same stable, has won and been placed off a much higher mark. She was too free for her young jockey on reappearance, but that outing should set her straight for this.
Plenty in with a shout here. The consistent Secret Shadow is high on the shortlist and New Heights is not taken lightly either after getting back on track at Lingfield. In-form maiden Eltham Palace also warrants plenty of respect now stepping up in trip but William Haggas’ lightly-raced SHAMARDALAH is taken to build on her promising reappearance fourth at Lingfield and open her account.
There were extenuating circumstances behind INCOME‘s defeat when favourite at Goodwood, and she is taken to make amends, with Turna, still green here three weeks ago, the main danger.
Despite an 11lb rise for his wide-margin success at Leicester last time OOH IS IT is taken to follow up. The unexposed Jessie Pye could prove his main threat.
A competitive sprint. Likeable topweight Punchbowl Flyer should put up another bold show, but HYPERFOCUS enjoys a significant weight pull with him compared to their recent Haydock encounter, and he’s taken to make the journey south worthwhile. One Night Stand keeps improving and is not ruled out despite a hike in the weights.
The eye is drawn to the two 3yos at the foot of the weights. Regal Vega is open to plenty of improvement after just three runs but PATIENT DREAM (nap) is unexposed too and gets the vote after shaping better than the bare result last time. Course specialist Water’s Edge and the front-running Maiden Castle are others to consider.
A handful stand out from the rest in a maiden with not much strength in depth. Zagato ran well in a handicap two weeks ago and is strongly considered, but the verdict goes to DANCING TO WIN, whose fourth at Leicester last time could hardly be working out better. Lexington Knight has been knocking at the door and completes the shortlist.
Devil’s Cub won from the front over C&D three weeks ago and should make another bold bid, but fellow 3yo ST GEORGE’S BAY has plenty of potential as he moves up in distance and into handicaps. He gets the verdict, with Vocatus another worthy of respect.
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