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QIPAO is bred to be a useful sprinter – she is by Muhaarar and out of a mare who was placed at Listed level – and she made an excellent start to her career when successful at Hamilton last month, beating a couple of rivals with fair form in the book.
Qipao is entitled to improve for the experience, and she looks up to defying a penalty – particularly as this step up to 7 furlongs (from six) should be in her favour.
AROUSING, a close relation to multiple Group 1 winner One Master, made a promising start to her career by winning at Yarmouth last season. She produced an even better effort when runner-up on her return at Windsor in May, forcing a smart prospect to work hard.
She made heavy weather of landing the odds at Lingfield last month, but the testing ground may have played a part in that. She is better judged on the promise of her display at Windsor. She has only been tried at 6 furlongs, but she ought to cope with this longer trip and she goes handicapping from a generous-looking opening mark.
SHAYKHOON shaped as if he needed the run when only fifth on his return at Nottingham last month and he duly took a big step forward to win at Newcastle two weeks later. The step up to 7 furlongs may also have been a factor in his improvement and he remains completely unexposed over this trip. He was well on top at Newcastle, so a 5lbs rise in the weights shouldn’t be a problem.
DOUBLE OR BUBBLE looked unsuited by the step up to a mile in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, but she had previously been progressing rapidly over 7 furlongs and will benefit from the return to this trip.
Double Or Bubble completed the hat-trick when easily winning a 7-furlong handicap at Newmarket on her return in April, and the style of that success suggested she may have an even bigger effort in her locker. She looks well up to making an impact at this listed level.
SHADOW ANGEL has shown run-by-run improvement and wasn’t beaten far on her handicap debut here last month. Shadow Angel was held up after breaking awkwardly from the stalls and she had to wait for a gap on the home turn, but she kept on well in the straight and was ultimately beaten by less than a length. That effort over 7 furlongs suggested that the step up to a mile will be in her favour, and she looks well treated off the same mark here.
BERRTIE was unable to complete the hat-trick at Kempton on Wednesday, but he was beaten less than two lengths in fourth, showing that he remains in excellent heart. He had bolted up over this course and distance on his handicap debut last month and then showed a good attitude to defy a penalty at Yarmouth, digging in well when challenged. Berrtie is up against some rivals who are hiding little from the handicapper, so he should go close.
NIGHT HUNTER failed to make it to the track at two or three, but he went with plenty of promise on his belated debut at Leicester last month, finishing third behind a couple of subsequent winners.
Night Hunter was no match for the winner who looks bound for Group company, but he shaped second best – making good headway after showing initial signs of inexperience. He is entitled to improve significantly for that run. He sets a clear standard on that form and should be difficult to beat if progressing as expected.
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