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STARRY EYES is on a long losing run that stretches back to 2018 and comprises 15 starts, but she has dropped to a handy mark and shaped with encouragement when fourth at Kempton earlier this month. Starry Eyes looked a big threat entering the final furlong but, having raced keenly, was unable to sustain the effort. She has been eased another 1lb in the weights and ought to give a good account.
DANNI CALIFORNIA wasn’t at her best when fifth at Newmarket last time, but she contested a good-quality handicap on that occasion and can make the most of this less competitive assignment. Her previous second at Newmarket is up there with the best form on offer here, and she looks likely to go close.
SHAMLAAN was only narrowly denied at Catterick on Saturday, finishing half a length in front of the reopposing Black Hill Storm, and he looks likely to launch a bold bid off the same mark. Shamlaan has shown run-by-run improvement on Timeform ratings since entering handicap company and could still have a bit more to offer.
TROUSER THE CASH ended last season on the up, winning two of her final three starts of the campaign, and she has continued the good work this term. Trouser The Cash produced creditable placed efforts here and at Bath before producing a career-best performance when successful at Yarmouth last month. She won by a cosy length and holds leading claims off just a 4lbs higher mark.
RETROSPECT remains a maiden after 15 starts and is proving expensive to follow, but he is on a competitive mark and is worth another chance with Hollie Doyle taking over in the saddle. The consistent Retrospect has finished in the frame on his last four outings and should go close again.
EMBLEM EMPIRE created an excellent impression when finishing runner-up in a strong-looking novice at Kempton last month and he should prove difficult to beat. He showed obvious signs of inexperience, breaking slowly, but he caught the eye with the good late headway he made – clocking a notable closing sectional in the process. He is an exciting prospect.
PRIDE OF ENGLAND has disappointed on his last two starts, but he can be given a chance if recapturing the sort of form he showed when successful over course and distance in March. He ran to a similar level when runner-up here over a mile-and-a-half in May, and is worth another chance to build on those promising efforts.
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