13:45 – Great Havana
Great Havana shaped with promise in minor company and he took a step forward when making a successful handicap debut at Ffos Las earlier this month. Great Havana caught the eye with how well he travelled on his first start at seven furlongs and his pedigree offers hope that there is more to come.
14:15 – New Mission
New Mission, a 380,000 guineas purchase as a yearling, has yet to meet expectations but appeals as the type to improve with racing. He still showed signs of inexperience when only fourth at Chelmsford recently but he should come on for that outing and remains with potential. He has been sent off a short-price favourite on both starts for Charlie Appleby so is seemingly held in high regard by his powerful yard.
14:50 – Spring Bloom
Spring Bloom does not boast an impressive strike-rate (he has won only one of his 14 starts) but he has been in good form of late and ran better than ever when runner-up at Sandown recently. Spring Bloom has shown plenty of speed over five furlongs the last twice, but he has got form over six furlongs and this fast track will suit. The application of cheekpieces may bring about a bit of improvement and he should give another good account.
15:25 – Arthur’s Victory
Arthur’s Victory won with more in hand than the winning margin of a neck would suggest at Wolverhampton last time and she can defy a 3 lb rise in the weights. Arthur’s Victory was held up in a steadily run race but she found a good turn of foot to get on top close home, clocking a notable sectional in the process. She was successful over this course and distance on her previous start, so is effective around this quirky track, and can complete the hat-trick.
16:00 – Hey Teacher
Hey Teacher has shown run-by-run improvement and was an impressive winner at Ffos Las earlier in the month. He didn’t have much to beat on that occasion but completed the simple task in style, forging nine and a half lengths clear with plenty in hand. He remains open to improvement and can make a successful handicap debut for the powerful combination of Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy.
16:35 – Uncle Dick
Uncle Dick disappointed in first-time cheekpieces on heavy ground at Sandown last month but he had previously been admirably consistent and has been given some respite from the handicapper. Uncle Dick is now only 2 lb higher than when successful at Wolverhampton in January and can bounce back now faced with a sound surface.
17:05 – Apache Jewel
Apache Jewel is still looking for a first win and was disappointing at Brighton last time, but she had been a good second over this course and distance on her previous start and is of interest on that form. William Buick is an eyecatching jockey booking and she is worth siding with under conditions that suit.
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