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SMULLEN is sharply bred – started odds on for his debut at Pontefract – and showed much more of what he’s about following a gelding operation when going down narrowly in the mud over course and distance four weeks ago.
Kevin Ryan’s juveniles are going great guns at present, and he can open his account with the prospect of more to come. I’m A Gambler seems sure to have a race or two in him also and makes most appeal of the remainder.
LUBNA stepped up markedly on her previous efforts when readily landing a small-field maiden at Brighton last week, leading on the bridle three furlongs out and readily drawing clear thereafter. Her chief rival didn’t fire on that occasion, but her pedigree is an ongoing recommendation and she looks well treated turned out under a 6lbs penalty. Recent course-and-distance winner Havana Party rates the chief threat, ahead of handicap debutant Night Terrors.
GENERAL SAGO has progressed gradually this season and was proving consistent until possibly finding the demands of a big-field York handicap last time beyond him at this early stage of his career. He started a big price that day and didn’t help his cause by refusing to settle in the early stages, so is better judged on his previous form, which should be good enough in this contest. Dulla Bhatti and Prince of Pearls head up the dangers.
JUMP THE GUN could hardly be called a frequent winner, but it was hard not to be impressed with the manner of his course-and-distance success two weeks ago. He proved better than ever on that occasion to land good market support, and a subsequent 8lbs rise in the weights probably underestimates him. He is taken to back that up in this stronger contest, with Carlisle Bell winner Chichester, and the sole three-year-old Headingley, just a couple of the likely dangers.
A winner of three of his seven starts to date, ANNANDALE returned to form without being seen to very best effect when third at Musselburgh three weeks ago. He didn’t seem suited by the sharp nature of the track, and there remains an air of unfinished business about Mark Johnston’s three-year-old colt. He is fancied to get back on the up returned to a stiffer circuit, possibly at the chief expense of stablemate Roseabad.
COTTAM LANE ran below form on his first start since undergoing a wind operation at Carlisle in May but got back on track when finishing fourth in a big-field handicap at York last time. He should find this assignment a little easier and is taken to build on that promise to see off some much more exposed rivals. Lady Celia hasn’t finished out of the frame in five previous visits here and can give Kevin Ryan’s charge most to think about.
ROSE BANDIT comfortably saw off the reopposing Hard Solution and Lord of The Glen over course and distance last week and a 5lbs penalty looks unlikely to stop her if in a similar mood. Stronsay has been in good form over 6 furlongs here recently and could be the one to give Iain Jardine’s filly most to think about.
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