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BURTONWOOD hasn’t had much go his way so far this term, racing on the wrong side at Ripon last time. But, he goes well over this course and distance, and should get a strong pace to aim at. He could arrive late to land this wide-open sprint now below his last winning mark. Rose Bandit and Atyaaf arrive in good order and should make their presence felt from single-figure draws.
SOPHIE’S STAR has a double penalty to overcome for her two wins in similar events, but she posted a fairly useful level of form when scoring over this course and distance at the start of the month, staying on strongly in the closing stages suggesting she has more to offer.
She is preferred to both Dreams of Thunder and Gentle Ellen, who have more to offer and are sure to have a say, though a market move for one of the newcomers would put a slightly different slant on things.
GNAT ALLEY more than hinted at ability on her debut over course and distance 11 days ago, making good late headway. While she’ll be suited by further in time, she is taken to leave that bare form behind and strike at the second time of asking in what doesn’t look the strongest race of its type.
Frisky has shown a fair level of ability on both starts and looks sure to play a prominent role. Rockprincess and Proclivity are newcomers who need keeping a close eye on in the betting.
GOLDEN FLAME and Ben Lilly should both find life easier back in a handicap than they did in pattern company in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot last time. They may be the pair to focus on now stepping up further in trip, with preference for the former who has the scope for better still as a three-year-old from a leading stable. The returning Platform Nineteen would also come into it if the betting suggests he’s ready to roll.
UGO GREGORY, who won over course and distance last month, arrives in form having hit the frame on his last two starts, and looks to have plenty going for him from the inside stall. It’s a while since Proud Archi gained the latest of his three course and distance wins, but he’s been knocking on the door of late and heads the dangers along with John Clare. Bavardages would also enter the reckoning if the market speaks in his favour.
This stiffer test promises to suit CLODOVEA, who put in good late work when runner-up on her nursery debut at Pontefract last week in what looked a stronger race than this. That is by far the most persuasive piece of form on offer here and she can take advantage of a good opportunity.
Kenyan Commander ran no sort of a race in a York seller last time, but he has each-way claims judged on what he showed on his penultimate start. Meanwhile, On The River is another with place possibilities.
The hat-trick beckons for JOHNNY BOOM, who has made significant progress upped to this trip on his last two starts over course and distance and at Yarmouth, and an 8lbs rise for his latest success looks more than fair. Love of Zoffany arrives in good form and should make his presence felt once more, while Can Can Girl and Berry Edge are live each-way contenders.
DANDY’S ANGEL has won just one of her 16 starts, but she may well add to her tally here following last month’s near miss at Hamilton. John Wainwright’s charge remains feasibly treated despite being nudged up 2lbs and looks the pick ahead of Contrast, who hasn’t shown much in two starts so far this season. However, the handicapper has shown mercy and he’ll have serious claims if returning to form.
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