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Like A Lion won well at Salisbury and he was due to run in a Listed race on Ascot’s King George weekend only for the ground to be deemed too fast for him. He commands respect, as do likely improvers Ascending and Al Baahy, but MODERN GAMES looked above average when dominant at Newmarket two weeks ago and he can follow up en-route to something stronger.
A trappy seller in which all five have some sort of chance. SEAS OF ELZAAM boasts the best figures and he can repel the youngsters. Lexington Bullet did at least give her running last time and she could be the danger.
Following his narrow defeat over C&D last time Carbon Positive would have to be given a chance if handling the likely easier conditions, while Tell’Em Nowt and Raffles Rebel could play a part if putting their latest efforts behind them. However, the selection is EQUATE (nap) who is entitled to come on from his encouraging Doncaster return and the form has already been franked with the winner going in again since.
The Roger Varian-trained 3yo PRAIANO has plenty of potential in his pedigree and can make a winning handicap debut. The lightly raced mare Atalanta Breeze goes well fresh and is feared most following a break, while Whitehaven has to be respected following his good second at Haydock on Friday night.
Jeans Maite did it very well at Thirsk but there are doubts about her repeating that form on this softer surface. TWELVE DIAMONDS, however, should be thankful for getting away from fast ground, and prior to last time she had been running well for her new yard. Atyaaf and Cazeva Princess are others with claims.
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Dajraan has produced back-to-back career-bests from nowhere but whether he can continue his progression on this slower ground remains to be seen. Wizard D’Amour is a very solid alternative off the same mark as when second at York but a chance is taken that wind surgery can trigger a return to form from SADIQAA who was a pretty smart 2yo.
A handful of in-form runners, none more so than DANIEL DERONDA who defied a similarly big weight in quite taking style over this C&D recently and is arguably a more likely improver than any of his rivals. Kick On Kick On did well on his first attempt at 7f but he needs to show he can do it again, especially if this proves more of a test and Foxy Femme appeals as the main danger. Almost An Angel and Hachert are also likely to be involved.
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