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This is a golden opportunity for Derby runner-up MOJO STAR to get off the mark. Mojo Star showed a smart level of form when runner-up at Epsom and is in a different league to these rivals.
MASEKELA has seemingly always been held in high regard – he was sent off second favourite in the Chesham at Royal Ascot – and he showed why when finishing runner-up in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket last month. Masekela kept on powerfully to get within a short-head of the exciting winner and that form is the best on offer. He can take advantage of this drop in class.
HUKUM quickly developed into a very smart performer last season, winning the King George V Stakes on his return at Royal Ascot before making a successful switch to pattern company with a comfortable win in this race. Hukum has run to a similar level this season, winning a Listed race at Goodwood and a Group 3 at York, and he has a clear edge over his rivals on Timeform’s figures.
SUNSET BAY looked a bit unlucky when runner-up at Salisbury in June, but she gained compensation at Newbury shortly afterwards and then followed up impressively at Sandown last month. Sunset Bay produced a clear career-best effort at Sandown, impressing with how she stormed four lengths clear after being produced to lead over a furlong out. This upwardly-mobile filly could have more to offer.
AL SUHAIL was a creditable third in the Summer Mile at Ascot last month, but he shaped like he has an even bigger effort in his locker. Al Suhail, making his first start since being gelded, travelled notably well towards the rear but he was unable to get to grips with a couple of rivals who raced more prominently in a race in which paid to be handy. The strength with which Al Suhail travelled at Ascot offers hope he’ll cope well with this drop in trip.
CAMELOT TALES failed to meet expectations when upped to a mile-and-a-half at Ascot last time, but that effort is best overlooked as he raced too keenly. He is better judged on his previous win over a mile-and-a-quarter at Ayr, where he swooped from last to first, passing the bulk of the field in the final half-furlong. Camelot Tales looks well handicapped based on that form and is worth another chance back down in trip.
VALENTINO DANCER has been in good form over hurdles since joining Fergal O’Brien, winning a handicap at Kelso before only just missing out from an 8lbs higher mark when third in the competitive Summer Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen last time. He is on an attractive Flat mark relative to what he’s achieved over hurdles and is worth siding with here.
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