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HAFIT, a 2.1 million guineas purchase as a yearling, made a successful start to his career at Newmarket last month – justifying strong support in the process. Hafit showed signs of inexperience and had to be pushed along at halfway.
But, there was a lot to like about how he responded to pressure, and he got on top inside the final furlong. The form of that race has started to work out well – the next two home have since won – and Hafit is an exciting prospect.
LORD GLITTERS may be an eight-year-old, but he is still operating at a very smart level and arrives on the back of an excellent second at York. Lord Glitters found only the exciting Real World too strong at York and he had a couple of these rivals in behind – despite being unsuited by being held up off the steady gallop. He should give another good account and looks the one to beat.
VALLEY FORGE has shown run-by-run improvement and took another step forward when winning the Melrose Handicap at York last time. That is always one of the most competitive three-year-old handicaps of the season and Valley Forge took the eye with how readily he tanked into contention.
He also knuckled down well when challenged, scoring by half a length, and a 7lbs rise in the weights should not be enough to stop this lightly-raced improver from following up.
GLOBAL STORM wasn’t at his best when in mid-division in the Ebor, but he had previously shown gradually progressive form and he can bounce back here. His second in a competitive handicap at Newmarket in July looks like a strong piece of form and a reproduction of that effort should be enough to take this.
STARMAN made rapid strides in a short space of time last season. He has progressed again this term, putting up the best performance in the division when landing the July Cup at Newmarket. Starman failed to replicate that form when third in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month.
However, the softer ground wouldn’t have been ideal and he will have conditions in his favour here. His July Cup form is comfortably the best on offer, and he can prove his status as the leading light in the division.
JAWWAAL caught the eye when fourth in a competitive sprint handicap at the Ebor meeting and looks the one to side with on the back of that encouraging effort. Jawwal, a winner of back-to-back races at Doncaster in the summer, put up arguably his best effort yet when fourth at York. He impressed with how well he travelled and he looks a big player off the same mark.
PERFECT SWISS has been largely out of sorts this season, but he has dropped markedly in the weights and took a step back in the right direction when runner-up at Beverley last week. Perfect Swiss was only beaten a neck at Beverley, making good headway after weaving his way through. He has every chance off the same mark here.
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