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Good support for the well-handicapped Sophosc, back from a break for his new yard, would be interesting. Otherwise, THUNDERCLAP – the sole three-year-old in the field – looks the way to go, as he remains open to improvement now dropped back in trip off a 3lbs lower mark under Oisin Murphy. Oud Metha Bridge should go well again but three of the other likely winners, notably the lightly raced Poet’s Eye, have landed the three outside stalls.
Progressive filly Karuoka is much respected on her first run for Eve Johnson Houghton and William Haggas’ Pride Of Priory seems sure to build on a promising debut Chelmsford third. However, VALIANT PRINCE sets the bar high on the form of his recent Newmarket second when still not looking the finished article, so Charlie Appleby’s Dubawi colt can go one better now.
Most of these are ones for another day but MO’ASSESS and Mango Boy, who ran with great promise on their debuts, should find success at this level. Aramaic floundered on his heavy-ground debut at Newmarket, but he had been prominent in the betting and is worth keeping an eye on.
The wide-drawn King’s Guard is weighted to turn things round with the penalised Noisy Night from their 6-furlong race here six weeks ago, the pair setting a fair standard for a few interesting newcomers to aim at. Blueberry Hill is a likely looking type from a handy draw, as is 200,000 guineas yearling AEGIS POWER, who may be up to extending Andrew Balding’s fine run of form.
Frankel filly PENNYMOOR has the best form and, with this step up in trip promising to suit, she is a confident selection to build on her Pontefract second and open her account for the Gosden team. Galileo filly Artemisia Lomi is another who should benefit from this stiffer test of stamina, and she is next on the list. Although a market move for newcomer Beholding, a stablemate of the selection, would put a slightly different slant on things.
Civilian is the one who might take a significant step forward, following his 1m 2f debut for this yard after an absence. But, CHAI YO POWER has been progressing this year and there is no obvious reason to think that this well-connected four-year-old has reached his peak just yet. Keep It Brief is far better on the all-weather than turf and may well spring back to life on his return to this track.
Progressive VINO VICTRIX (NAP) should benefit from this first crack at 2m and the form of his Sandown win looks bombproof, so he should be able to defy a 7lbs rise in the weights. Forever William and Khaiz should both benefit from 2m too.
Quite an interesting race with a few possible improvers on show, but the pair to appeal most are Super Over and FORD MADOX BROWN. The former drops in grade back at the scene of his win, however Fort Madox Brown ran well in a good event at York last time and can further enhance his good record on artificial surfaces.
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