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AGE OF SAIL makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, being by Frankel and a half-brother to several winners (including the smart Polarisation and the useful Trumpet Man). He is bred to relish this sort of test and couldn’t be in better hands, representing the Charlie Appleby yard which has won two of the last four renewals of this maiden. It will be interesting to see whether the market speaks in his favour, especially as those with previous experience set just a fair standard.
IMRAHOR shaped encouragingly after nine months on the sidelines when third at Newbury last time, travelling as well any before tiring in the closing stages. That run is likely to bring him on and he certainly showed enough to suggest he starts life in handicaps from a workable mark.
The booking of Oisin Murphy also catches the eye and he seems sure to mount a bold bid for the Hugo Palmer yard, which continues in rude health (72% of horses running to form).
SOME NIGHTMARE showed improved form to notch up his third success of the campaign at Chepstow two weeks ago, making all to win by a length-and-three-quarters in comfortable fashion. That performance is backed up by the clock and it would be folly to rule out further progress given how lightly raced he is for his age. He rates very much the one to beat in his follow-up bid despite having a 7lbs higher mark to contend with.
PEROTTO has developed into a smart performer at around a mile, producing his best effort when beaten just a length into third in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury in August. He also goes well at this track and shapes as if likely to be suited by the step up to a mile-and-a-quarter. This represents the weakest race he has contested for a while, and he looks to hold solid claims if getting a solid gallop to aim at (usually races off the pace).
FLOWER OF SCOTLAND took well to front-running tactics when successful at Leicester last month, showing improving form to make it two wins from her last three starts. She caried her head slightly awkwardly, but still ran out a dominant winner – powering clear in the final furlong to land the spoils by five lengths. She will be suited by this longer trip and a 4lbs rise in the weights might not be enough to stop her from going in again.
CURTIZ completed a hat-trick with the minimum of fuss at Epsom earlier this month, drawing clear late on to win easily by two and a half lengths. This will be tougher now up to a BHA mark of 78, but he is clearly going the right way and remains very much one to be positive about. This idiosyncratic track is unlikely to hold any fears for him either given how well he handled Epsom.
ROSE HIP was gambled on and duly produced one of her best efforts when filling the runner-up spot at Windsor two weeks ago. She was no match for the winner, but showed enough to suggest it’s only a matter of time before she gets her head back in front. After all, she was a winner from this mark at Windsor in May and the fact she has previously won at this course is also a plus.
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