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SUNDAY JUSTICE wasn’t seen to best effect when fifth on his debut at Beverley earlier this month, leaving the impression he should have finished much closer. He was going well when denied a run entering the final two furlongs and still appeared full of running as he passed the post 2-and-a-quarter lengths behind the winner. He is sure to improve with that run under his belt and this looks a good opportunity for him to get off the mark at the second attempt.
RENBAWI shaped better than the bare result when second on his latest outing at Musselburgh, sticking to his task admirably given that he made his effort earlier than ideal. Still beaten less than 3 lengths, he seems to be improving with racing and this doesn’t look a strong race despite the double-figure field. Renbawi can race from the same mark as he did at Musselburgh and he may not need to progress much further to belatedly open his account.
MYRISTICA is clearly very effective under these conditions, as she showed when easily winning her penultimate start over this course and distance. Admittedly, she was unable to defy a 7lbs rise in the weights back here last time, but that was still a creditable display as she found only an improving three-year-old too good on the day. Myristica is taking on more exposed rivals here and should mount a bold bid to regain the winning thread.
HELLOMYDARLIN showed much improved form when third on her nursery debut at York 12 days ago, producing a good run from the rear of the field to be beaten less than a length. That was a useful performance, and a repeat of that form will make her very difficult to beat in this Listed heat.
After all, she comfortably sets the standard on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings, and it would be folly to rule out further progress granted a strong pace at 6 furlongs.
KETTLE HILL shaped well second on his most recent outing at York, losing out by just a head and likely to have been in front in another few strides. He is entitled to strip fitter with that first run for three months under his belt and it is still relatively early days in his career. There is every chance he could yet have a bigger performance in the locker. He stands out as a well-handicapped horse from a BHA mark of 86 and will surely take plenty of beating here.
MANGO BOY has shown fairly useful form in two starts to date, finishing fourth on his debut at Newmarket before running to a similar level when third at Kempton last time. He arguably shaped better than the bare result on the last occasion, tiring late on after kicking for home a long way out.
That form is working out well (the first two have both won since) and this looks a much weaker race on paper. Mango Boy can take advantage to shed his maiden tag at the third attempt.
LORD TORRANAGA could hardly have been more impressive when winning at Southwell two weeks ago, powering clear in the straight to land the spoils by 6 lengths with plenty in hand. He has done all his winning on the all-weather, so the big question here is whether he can perform to the same sort of level on turf. On balance, he deserves the benefit of the doubt with his lower mark on this surface giving him a bit of room for manouevre.
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