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MY LITTLE TIP caught the eye on nursery debut at Epsom last month and confirmed that promise in emphatic fashion when scoring by nine lengths at Salisbury on Friday. He has improved with each run and appeals as the type who can rack up a sequence now he is getting the hang of racing. He is well-in turned out under a 6 lb penalty and should prove hard to beat. Bonita B is proving consistent and can battle it out for minor honours with Red Joan.
This doesn’t look a strong race and the newcomers won’t have to be anything special to make a winning start, but it is IDEAL GUEST who sets the standard on form and looks the percentage call. He wasn’t beaten far in a stronger race than this at Newmarket last time and he probably won’t need to improve much on that to come out on top. Baileys Accolade, who is a half-sister to several winners, makes most appeal of the newcomers.
FARHH TO SHY is firmly on the progressive path now, taking her record to two wins from four starts at this track when successful over course and distance three weeks ago with plenty in hand. That was a career-best effort and she looked well ahead of her opening mark, readily on top at the finish, and a subsequent 5 lb rise in the weights might not be enough to prevent her following up. Global Esteem and Maxi Boy look the likeliest dangers.
SECRET HANDSHEIKH had to work hard, but resumed winning ways dropped to this level and returned to the all-weather at Wolverhampton last month, and showed similar form back in a handicap at Epsom last time. He sweated up beforehand on that occasion, and was too free in the race itself, so he is well worth another chance to confirm himself still in form back down in class. Right Action is the obvious danger.
MOLLY SHAW was awarded a race over course and distance in July having been carried across the track in the closing stages and wasn’t disgraced when hitting the frame in a similar event last time. She remains with relatively few miles on the clock for a four-year-old and still appeals as being on a fair mark, so has to be taken seriously in an open event. Top-weight Papa Stour is on a long losing run but can’t be discounted on the back of his good second at Newcastle.
It may be worth siding with last year’s winner GRANDFATHER TOM, who is 3 lb lower this time round and his form figures at Yarmouth read 24121. He completely misfired on his belated reappearance 19 days ago, but that spin will have blown away any cobwebs. Bomb Proof hit the crossbar on his first run following wind surgery at Kempton last time and he has to be feared.
This should rest between KODI GOLD and Dark Side Prince. The latter earns top marks for consistency and is the more solid overall, but Kodi Gold looked an improved model when making a winning start for new connections over six furlongs at this course last time and neither this 6 lb higher mark nor the drop in trip should be an issue. Swell Song could be the way to go for those seeking each-way value.
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