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Umax has been a bit of a talking horse at home and around the racecourses that will need to be special in this lineup as they are all having their first lifetime starts. A good few are coming from the top outfit but the vibes are right and Umax wasn’t cheap at 300,000 Guineas.
Buying horses from the French market has been a very profitable outlet for this particular team and they went to €32,000 back in July to get this son of American pharaoh Tiger Touch after he put up a decent finishing position at Longchamp back in June. Keep a close eye on the market as he may well have been let off lightly on a mark of just 74.
Arboy Will popped up at 100/1 on his racecourse debut and proved that was no fluke when managing to get another victory on the board since admittedly connections shot far too high in the Molecomb at the Glorious Goodwood meeting last time. He is back down at a much more realistic level today, added to that the young lad on top Rhys Clutterbuck takes off another valuable 5lb.
Nelson Gay has the application of a hood for the first time which hopefully will get him to find that rhythm in the middle part of the contest where he has been running a touch with the choke out and being too keen. He is well positioned in stall number 11 and he already has a course and distance victory to his name. This is loaded with natural early pace and he can be produced fast and late.
Glen Again was building up a thoroughly progressive profile and put up some smart performances up in Scotland and also at Chester prior to a below par effort at Glorious Goodwood 25 days ago. It’s not unusual for the team’s horses to bounce straight back to form and we can expect a much more favourable showing on this occasion and he has some potential still over this distance and possibly further as the season progresses.
New Exceed is stepping into her first handicap and also dropping back down in distance and both look positive news for this beautifully bred daughter of New Approach. In her novice over a mile and a half at headquarters nearly 100 days ago, she pulled a long way clear of the remainder of the field when finishing a tidy force. She was a touch free early on so coming back in trip with the hood on looks a positive.
The question mark is the trip today as Farasi Lane steps up to the mile for the very first time. Given that the rain has arrived, that looks a positive being a son of Belardo and he should relish the conditions. It looks as if the pace is drawn just on his left with Overwrite nearly guaranteed to go forward so he should find himself a perfect toe into the contest. He certainly doesn’t look at his ceiling rating yet and 85 may underestimate him. He’s also reunited with the excellent Tom Marquand.
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