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There should be more to come from TAREEKH, who opened his account in a six-furlong maiden at Thirsk last month and followed up in good style in a seller at York last time. He can make light of an opening handicap mark of 73 now and complete a hat-trick. Mark Johnston’s Carlisle runner-up Eternal Glory may provide the main threat ahead of Edinson Kevani who was behind the selection at York last time.
EPIDEMIC cost €430,000 as a yearling but was disappointing in three starts for Richard Hannon last year. He has joined a yard that are making a name for themselves with new recruits, though, and he landed some nice bets when making a winning debut for these connections at Windsor in May.
He was too keen when only fourth at Newmarket on his next start, but was again strong in the market and showed a good attitude to resume winning ways over this trip at Leicester 12 days ago. He proved too strong for a fellow improver that day and a subsequent 4 lb rise shouldn’t be enough to stop him now taking on his elders.
Finished runner-up to a multiple Group 1 winner in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and shaped much better than the bare result in the season’s renewal of that race last month. She was slowly into stride and did well in the circumstances in a race that wasn’t run at a flat out gallop, getting to within a length of the leader and eventual runner-up before her effort petered out. That was AGINCOURT’s first start for seven weeks so she is entitled to come on a bit for that and she looks the class act in this field dropped into listed company.
Cam Hardie’s mount is is a quirky sort but he doesn’t look the problem horse he did earlier in the year and he is threatening to come good judged by his latest start back over six furlongs at Newcastle last time. MONDAMMEJ is usually held up and he travelled powerfully at Newcastle to be first home in his group. He wasn’t helped by racing away from the winner that day and is well worth another chance to prove himself on a fair mark. He won impressively at his course earlier in the year and the stiff finish will play to his strengths.
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Given he can race off the same mark as when an excellent clear second over course and distance last week and looks poised to add to his earlier Thirsk success. DELGREY BOY was extremely well backed on that occasion and was only beaten by a well-handicapped sort who had been revitalised. The in-form Delph Crescent appeals as the one to chase home Tim Easterby’s well-weighted four-year-old with recent Musselburgh scorer Asdaa likely to be in the shake-up, too.
It’s very hard to see past WAHRAAN who showed fairly useful form when second to a progressive sort in a Salisbury handicap last time and looks capable of even better still. He sets a good standard on form and can prove too strong for the Godolphin-owned pair Alkhattaaf and Pennymoor, who can step up on their debut efforts and fight it out for the minor honours.
Still low mileage and ran a cracker to finish second on his handicap debut at Beverley last week, pulling clear of the remainder with another improving sort. He looks well treated and is able to race from the same mark now so AVA GO JOE looks the one to side with ahead of Sound Reason.
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