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SWEEPING shaped with plenty of promise when second to a good prospect at Leicester on debut and built on that run when hitting the frame in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot last time. He still showed signs of inexperience on that occasion, leaving the impression there should be much more to come, and this athletic sort is hard to oppose back down in class. This is a strong-looking maiden, though, with Noble Truth and Altraif heading the dangers.
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PETER THE GREAT wasn’t strong in the market but that didn’t stop him making a winning debut in the Wood Ditton on the Rowley course in April and he has improved in two starts since, bumping into an equally progressive sort at Newcastle and making the most of a good opportunity when resuming winning ways over course and distance last time. He travelled well and drew clear of his rivals in the style of a potentially smart colt so an opening mark of 92 looks more than fair and he should have even more to offer. Dubai Honour, who shaped particularly well in the Britannia at Royal Ascot last time, is another one to note, while King of Clubs is yet to reach his limit.
SANDRINE made a winning debut at Kempton in May and showed much improved form when following up in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, beating the reopposing Hello You by one and a half lengths. There was plenty to like about the manner in which she went through the race and there is plenty about her physically, so she is strongly fancied to uphold the form and maintain her unbeaten record. Oscula, who finished third to the selection at Royal Ascot, is another to consider.
PRINCE ALEX won five handicaps on the bounce last season and is still on the upgrade judged on his latest run at Goodwood where he just failed to peg back a subsequent winner and pulled clear of the rest. He looks on a fair mark on that evidence and gets the vote over the progressive Godolphin-pair Live Your Dream and Global Storm in what is a highly-competitive handicap.
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The Coronation form looks key with SNOW LANTERN fancied to turn the tables on Alcohol Free and take her place at the top table with victory. Richard Hannon’s filly was making just her fourth start at Royal Ascot but took a huge step forward on her previous form and looked right at home at this level in splitting a pair of Group 1 winners in Alcohol Free and Mother Earth. She didn’t get the clearest passage, either, so you can make a strong case for her to come out on top now with further improvement in the offing.
NO NONSENSE has been highly tried in his career but bounced back to form when runner-up over course and distance last time, doing well under the circumstances, still travelling well when short of room over a furlong out and having to weave his way through. He closed all the way to the line and still had running left, so he is one to be interested in from this mark which is the best part of a stone lower than when he was first switched to handicaps. Three-year-olds Aquaman and Inveigle are feared most.
Plenty worth considering in a cracking sprint, but Henry Candy’s TWILIGHT CALLS made a promising start to life in handicaps when second at Leicester and is fancied to go one better with this big field likely to suit his free-going style. Good Luck Fox has thrived for the move to Paul Midgley so is feared most on the back of his smooth Musselburgh success with Gellhorn and Operatic also in the frame.
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