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KING CAPELLA boasts a top-class middle-distance pedigree – out of the very smart Crystal Capella, who is closely related to top-class Crystal Ocean – and, given his connections, who know the family particularly well, the fact he didn’t race as a juvenile is of no concern. A winning debut would therefore come as no surprise. All three of his rivals have something to recommend them, with Mellow Magic probably the pick.
LAHEG was an expensive purchase at the breeze-ups earlier in the year and made a very promising start when pushing a pretty useful sort close at Newmarket three weeks ago. He was relatively strong in the market on that occasion, so clearly he had be working well at home.
Granted normal progress, he is up to winning a novice of this calibre. Yaahobby hasn’t reached his limit either and is a threat, along with Amor Vincit Omnia.
Although he was unable to justify favouritism, there were still plenty of positives to take from NEW KINGDOM‘s debut run at Newbury last month where a lack of experience prevented him from making a stronger challenge.
Bred in the purple, with the looks to match, he should have learnt plenty from that and he can strike at the second time of asking now stepping up in trip. Beverley-winner Dark Moon Rising is another who should have more to offer at a mile, while Deauville Legend and Thundering are a couple of newcomers to note in the betting.
This has nowhere near the amount of depth the pattern races AL SUHAIL has been contesting recently and it will be extremely disappointing if he isn’t able to resume winning ways on these terms. Admittedly, he was underwhelming in the Hungerford Stakes last time, but it is encouraging that he is turned out relatively quickly. On his best form, he should prove a class apart.
An interesting fillies’ handicap and it is the three-year-olds who look the ones to concentrate on. EVIDENT BEAUTY quickly bounced back to the form shown on her successful debut when keeping on for second in a mile minor event here in July and she can do better again now stepping up to middle distances on handicap debut. Alpha Cru has managed to win both of her starts for David O’Meara and is another who should appreciate this step up in trip.
It is tough to rule any of these out, but a chance is taken on AL ZARAQAAN – who hasn’t made much impact since scoring at Kempton in March, but is expected to get back to winning ways from a reduced mark with a first-time tongue replacing the cheekpieces he wore at York last time. Course and distance winner Without A Fight could provide the biggest threat, ahead of the returning Fair Star.
A three-time winner already this year, G FOR GABRIAL wasn’t seen to best effect on his latest start at Catterick a couple of weeks back. He wasn’t suited by having to make his own running and, having now returned to his last winning mark, it would come as no surprise to see another good showing from this generally consistent sort. Mrs Meader, Red Derek and Daawy – who is down in grade – complete the shortlist.
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