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BEAU GESTE was beaten just half a length on his latest outing at Brighton, running at least as well in defeat as when winning the time before. He is only 1lb higher in the weights here and looks sure to give another good account in a race where plenty of his rivals have questions to answer.
TREACHEROUS proved at least as good as ever and probably should have won when second at Windsor earlier this month. He was forced to wait for a gap entering the final two furlongs before staying on strongly, doing well under the circumstances to pass the post just a short head behind the winner. A previous victor over this course and distance, he is fancied to defy a 3lbs higher mark here to resume winning ways with cheekpieces fitted for the first time.
FIRTH OF CLYDE stepped up on his previous efforts when second at Newmarket last time, sticking to his task well to be beaten just a neck in a race where the first two pulled clear of the rest. That form sets the standard in this line-up and he shapes as if likely to be suited by the step up to a mile. Therefore, this looks a good opportunity for him to get off the mark at the fourth attempt.
AGGAGIO makes a quick reappearance here after running over hurdles at Stratford earlier this week. He had shaped well in a couple of previous starts on the Flat for Sophie Leech (previously trained by Jean-Claude Rouget), running to a fairly useful level on both occasions. That form reads well in the context of this race, and he looks to hold solid claims with the booking of champion jockey Oisin Murphy also catching the eye.
RHOSCOLYN has been a total revelation since joining the David O’Meara yard, completing a hat-trick earlier this season and producing his best effort yet when second in the Golden Mile at this course last time.
He was full value for a smart performance on the last occasion, running on well to be beaten less than 2 lengths from a BHA mark of 104. He has earned a crack at this level and looks sure to be thereabouts for O’Meara, who is seeking his third win in this race since 2015.
HIGHLAND ROCKER caught the eye when fourth on his most recent appearance at Newmarket, passing the post 4-and-a-quarter lengths behind the winner and looking unlucky not to finish closer still. He wasn’t ideally placed given how the race unfolded and also met trouble entering the final furlong, giving him no chance of getting on terms.
That form is working out well – the first two have both won in pattern company since – and Highland Rocker should have a better performance in the locker when everything falls right. He can defy a BHA mark of 91 to regain the winning thread.
BY STARLIGHT has been running well in defeat since winning over this course and distance in June, producing a career best to chase home an unexposed three-year-old at Ascot last time. She was beaten just three-quarters of a length on the last occasion and should be capable of winning something similar before too long, with a BHA mark of 80 still appealing as fair.
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