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A fascinating race in which the vote goes to the well-bred filly AMIRAT ALWARD, who was an eyecatching second after a very slow start at Lingfield on her recent debut and has plenty of scope for progress on this switch to turf. Dreams Of Thunder sets a good standard on her debut third over C&D and she’s feared most back at this track, though both So Smart and Auditor have also shown clear promise and they are respected. The most interesting newcomer is Clive Cox’s Fruitloop.
Top of the list is DUBAI JEWEL, who left her initial form a long way behind when runner-up at Newmarket last month and is open to more improvement. The main threat could come from Roger Varian’s well-bred debutant Poet, though another newcomer to keep an eye on is Rose Barton, who represents an in-form yard with a 20 per cent record with juveniles this season.
It’s hard to rule out many of these but the one that appeals most is the versatile SPANISH STAR, who has a solid record this season and travelled strongly for a long way before finishing a clear second over 7f at Ascot last time. The well-handicapped Last Page was a runner-up at Bath 13 days ago and is a big danger if he can back that up with blinkers added. Third choice is Green Power, who showed signs of a revival at Nottingham and looks interesting if he can take another step back in the right direction.
This is a tight call between Eminent Hipster and SIR EDWARD ELGAR. The former won a C&D novice last time and should make another bold bid off his revised mark back in a handicap, but preference is for the Gosdens’ colt, who shaped as though he needed the run when a creditable third on his recent handicap debut and is open to further progress on this switch to turf.
Preference is for Richard Hannon’s reliable 4yo MAFIA POWER, who has reached the frame in his last five starts including a close call over C&D last month and a staying-on second of 15 over 1m2f at Newbury last time. Most of the others come with risks attached but the well-bred Henry The Fifth still has untapped potential and looks interesting at this new trip on his handicap/stable debut.
Most of these have something to prove but JUST GLAMOROUS got back on the scoresheet off a reduced mark at Salisbury and he backed that up with a bold bid behind a major improver at Chepstow 11 days ago. He remains well treated on his old form and looks a strong contender off 1lb lower than last time. The pick of the oppositon could be Strong Power, who didn’t get much luck in a tactical race at Lingfield last month and has possibilities if things go his way on this drop back in trip.
There are plenty of in-form contenders in the line-up but top of the list is LISDARRAGH (nap), who pulled a long way clear of the third when going close over C&D last Monday and is well treated off the same mark here. The last-time-out winners Bird To Love and Hy Eales are feared most in that order, though Blue Beret is respected after her creditable second on her turf debut at Epsom last time. Others who could be in the mix are Pump It Up and My Boy Charles.
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