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JAFFATHEGAFFA returned to form when third on his latest outing at Brighton, staying on well to be beaten only two and a quarter lengths. He is proven on heavy going and shapes as if likely to be suited by this longer trip (yet to race beyond 1m). He is fancied to take advantage of a drop in the weights to finally get off the mark.
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WEARDIDITALLGORONG took a step back in the right direction when fifth at Brighton eight days ago, doing well to be beaten just a length and a half given that she came from much further back than the other principals. She should stay 1½m and has won from much higher marks in the past. Therefore, this looks a good opportunity for her to regain the winning thread if building on the promise of her latest effort.
GAVLAR is well into the veteran stage of his career, but he is clearly still capable of winning a race of this nature, as he showed when beaten only narrowly on his penultimate outing on the all-weather here. He is equally effective on turf, including on soft going, and it probably won’t take much more for him to end his long losing run at this lowly level.
FLAME OF FREEDOM has finished placed in both her starts to date, showing fair form in the process. She shaped better than the bare result when third at Windsor last time, keeping on well under a hands-and-heels ride to pass the post only three and a half lengths behind the winner. She remains with potential now stepping back up to seven furlongs and is fancied to improve past Matamua to get off the mark at the third attempt.
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PROFOUND ALEXANDER has improved with every start and pushed the winner all the way to the line when second on the all-weather here last time. That form comfortably sets the standard in this line-up, so she rates a confident selection to open her account for the in-form William Muir and Chris Grassick yard (70% of horses running to form).
KING OF SPEED was out of his depth in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, but he had made a promising start to his career before that, notably showing fair form to win a novice event at Redcar in May. He now makes the switch to handicaps and will command plenty of respect from a BHA mark of 76, with further progress not out of the question given his lightly-raced profile.
LETHAL BLAST completed a hat-trick over this course and distance in May, winning by four and a half lengths in impressive fashion, and she has continued to give a good account despite failing to add to her tally in three subsequent starts. She found only one too good in similar conditions last time and can race from the same mark here, so there are certainly plenty of reasons to be positive about her prospects.
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