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THUNDER LEGEND had a simple task at Hamilton last month. However, he completed it in good style, drawing 4-and-three-quarter lengths clear of his rivals. Thunder Legend was able to dictate a steady tempo, but he showed a good turn of foot to quicken clear and scored with plenty in hand. He has been handed a fair opening mark for his nursery debut and remains open to improvement, so he gets the vote.
JAWWAAL disappointed in this last season, but his record at Doncaster is otherwise impressive and he registered back-to-back wins here earlier in the season. Plenty of encouragement can be taken from his last couple of outings as he travelled powerfully on his way to a fourth-place finish at York last month and he also made good late headway when filling the same position at Haydock last week. He is in good heart and looks tailormade for a race like this.
REACH FOR THE MOON is an exciting prospect and arrives on the back of a smooth success in the Solario Stakes. He didn’t need to improve on the form he had shown when runner-up to Point Lonsdale in the Chesham Stakes, but he still impressed with the style of victory, picking up powerfully off a steady pace to draw four lengths clear. He clocked a good sectional time at Sandown and has plenty still to offer when the situation demands it.
DANYAH has been running well in ultra-competitive handicaps this season and he gained a deserved success when landing the International Stakes at Ascot in July. Danyah did well to win at Ascot as he overcame a draw bias, showing a tremendous attitude in the process and he is well worth a crack at this sort of level. In fact, he heads Timeform’s ratings based on the form he showed at Ascot.
HURRICANE LANE failed to handle the track when a creditable third in the Derby at Epsom but, back on a more conventional track, he has shown improved form to land Group 1s the last twice.
Hurricane Lane did well to win the Irish Derby, making up plenty of ground in a steadily-run race, and he was impressive when pulling six lengths clear in the Grand Prix de Paris. Those pieces of form are the best on offer by some margin and Hurricane Lane, who should have no problem staying based on pedigree, will prove difficult to beat.
TITLE has his quirks, but he has plenty of talent too. He might prove a cut above his rivals on his handicap debut and it’s his first start since being gelded. Title typically carried his head high when runner-up in a Listed race at Hamilton last time, but it was more how the race unfolded rather than temperament issues that prevented him from overhauling Aleas. He could have a bigger effort in his locker.
ROYAL FLEET lost his unbeaten record when fifth at the Ebor meeting, but he wasn’t disgraced in that competitive handicap and remains open to improvement. Royal Fleet did well to make a winning handicap debut at Newmarket last month as he looked raw against some battle-hardened rivals and that inexperience found him out in a stronger event at York. Royal Fleet failed to settle at York, but a strong pace looks on the cards here which may unlock further improvement from this lightly raced colt.
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