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This doesn’t look a strong maiden for the track and it’s hard to escape the claims of SENSE OF DUTY, who got the message as her debut wore on when runner-up at Newmarket 18 days ago. She was well backed and went very close to justifying support, closing all the way to the line. She is sure to build on that now. Newcomers may provide the main opposition, with Heredia and Brides Bay perhaps the pick of them before market clues.
FANGORN‘s form has been a little up and down this campaign, but his latest runner-up effort over course and distance was very much a return to form and a repeat may well be enough to see him come out on top having been raised just 2lbs in the weights. Eloquent Arthur disappointed at Haydock last time, but it would be no surprise to see him bounce back. He, along with Beloved, may emerge as the chief threats.
TROLL PENINSULA defied a penalty in impressive fashion on his return at Kempton in May and for all he hasn’t been seen since, which is a little concerning, he appears to have been let in lightly by the handicapper.
That looks strong form and he has the potential to develop into a pattern-class performer. Chance boasts a progressive profile and remains of interest back from another break. Meanwhile, Itkaann potentially has a bigger performance in the locker when things drop right.
This looks open, but it could be worth chancing MOUNT SNOWDON, who’s on a fair mark on the pick of his form and seemed to find the mile trip stretching his stamina on his nursery debut at Nottingham last time.
This looks more suitable, and he is preferred to Brilliant News – who posted a solid time when making all on the turf at Lingfield last time. Elsewhere, Croupier and Penywern Taverner are others to consider.
All six of these are in with a shout, but it is MUSHIRIF who gets the vote to come out on top. He went down narrowly on his recent handicap debut at Wolverhampton and, with the possibility of better to come from Roger Varian’s charge, especially at this trip, he shades preference ahead of Saratoga Gold. The latter may well benefit from this stiffer test and the booking of Ryan Moore adds to his appeal, too.
The form of BEOWULF‘s latest win at Ffos Las was boosted by the runner-up next time and, he is now improving in leaps and bounds. He could still be ahead of the handicapper despite a 7lbs rise.
Modestus was a bit better than the result on his handicap debut at Salisbury last time and likely has a bigger performance in him, so he’s feared most ahead of the William Haggas-trained Just Jacob.
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