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It has been a mixed bag since a breakthrough success for William Haggas, but KING’S CASTLE returned to form when hitting the crossbar off this mark at Epsom last week, in turn finishing nicely clear of the rest, and a reproduction of that would give him every chance. Chairman Power will be a big threat if able to get back on track following a wind operation, while Mr Zee has each-way claims with William Buick in the hot-seat.
She made a good impression when making winning debut at Redcar in June and bounced back to something like that form when second at Windsor seven weeks ago. ROCK MELODY was beaten only by a progressive filly (who has since won again) so she sets a good standard here, with the step up in trip likely to suit. Caryatid is bred to be well above average at around this trip as a two-year-old and she looks the main danger on paper.
SEA KING started joint-favourite for his debut at Haydock but proved too green to do himself justice. However, he improved markedly on his second start at Sandown last time despite the race not being run to suit and, with better still to come still, he looks the one to side with. Pons Aelius is well bred and looks most interesting of the newcomers on paper, while Educator holds pattern-race entries and could well step up markedly from his underwhelming debut.
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WHISTLEDOWN was most unfortunate not to win at Sandown last month, seemingly having the race in the bag before taking a false step close home and caught on the line. She remains on a winning mark, though, and is fancied to make no mistake this time. Adaay In Asia is making into a really likeable juvenile and is feared most in her hat-trick bid, while Helvetique arrives on an upward curve and shouldn’t be taken lightly, either.
There were better signs from THEMAXWECAN who was wearing first-time cheekpieces at York last time, and he’s worth siding with to build on that effort in a race where he’s tasted success before (from a 2 lb higher mark). Just Hubert is another who knows where the winning post is over course and distance and he’s feared most ahead of recent Newmarket scorer Indigo Times.
Has been gambled on a couple of times this season and is on a fair mark based on the pick of his form. ADDITIONAL finished second in a slightly better handicap than this at Lingfield last time, seeming to relish the return to six furlongs, so he gets the marginal vote in a tightly-knit affair. In-form pair Toussarok and Touchwood should give the selection plenty to think about.
KING VEGA excelled himself when on the heels of a quartet of smart sorts in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury a month ago and that performance marks him down as one of the best maidens in training. If he reproduces anything near that level then he will be impossible to oppose. Connections of Almaan have had to be patient but he is open to plenty of improvement and is second choice.