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A few of these are entitled to step up on what they have shown so far and that includes RIBALDRY, who was well held by the winner when runner-up on her Haydock debut. However, plenty went wrong for her that day, so her effort can be marked up and if stepping forward from it she must have a strong chance of going one better. Miss Shirley also showed promise on her Kempton debut and looks best of the others.
A glance at the market will be crucial as regards the chances of the nicely bred newcomer Matvei Platov, but KORKER sets a useful standard on his early form even before being allowed to take his chance in the Norfolk. Enraged and Hatshepsut showed promise on their respective debuts, but both may prefer further in due course.
None of the quartet can be dismissed with any confidence, but five of the last seven winners of this race had been successful in their latest outings, so the two nursery debutants may be the ones to concentrate on.
The form of the maiden Bin Hayyan won at Ayr has already been franked, but preference is for THE DUNKIRK LADS, whose progress so far has been rapid and his stable has a good record in this event.
This looks open despite just the six runners. Teescomponentsfly is clearly a contender having avoided a penalty for his recent Redcar win, while the three-year-olds Carn A Chlamain and Moonlit Night still have scope for further improvement.
However, the vote goes to previous course and distance winner INGLEBY HOLLOW, who has bounced back to form lately including when a close fifth in the hot handicap hurdle at Market Rasen six days ago.
A weak race in which Volkova and Esticky End both have the form to make an impact, but this may be best left to the Karl Burke pair. Distinction ran some good races off higher marks last month and would have a good chance if settling better than last time, but BRIGHT APPARITION stepped up on previous efforts when third behind the bang-in-form Kayfast Warrior over course and distance last month. Any further improvement from that would give him strong claims.
This looks destined for one of the three-year-olds. Navajo Spring didn’t enjoy the clearest of runs at Beverley last time and is certainly a contender on the strength of her convincing Redcar success in the spring, but VANITAS (NAP) looks unlucky not to be 2-2 on turf having run into plenty of trouble at a vital stage at Catterick last time. She is taken to make amends.
Few of these look solid though the consistent Hard Solution seems sure to run his race once again, while Royal Jazz has been running well enough lately to suggest she is likely to figure. However, the vote goes to ALBEGONE who will need to conserve his energy better than last time, but his previous efforts would give him every chance in a race like this and the stable won this on three consecutive occasions between 2014 and 2016.
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