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This is a maiden with a rich history and it can go to DAWN OF LIBERATION, who sets a good standard on his runner-up effort in the Convivial at York last time. He is a half-brother to high-class Toormore and has improved with each start so far, leaving the impression he will progress again for this step up to a mile. Symbol of Light and Subastar are a couple of likely newcomers who need monitoring in the market, while Kennet, a scopey son of Iffraaj, could easily take a big step forward from his Doncaster debut.
NOISY NIGHT is proving a most progressive juvenile, completing a hat-trick on the all-weather at Kempton last time, and improving another chunk to do so. That was his handicap debut and he proved his opening mark all wrong, so a subsequent 5 lb rise is justified, and he is expected to win again provided he proves as effective back on turf. There is some depth to this nursery, though, with Mr Professor also defending a winning sequence.
GELLHORN has done well on these shores since switching from France this season, winning a couple of handicaps over this trip on the July Course this summer. She wasn’t seen to best effect in the mud at Goodwood after, and was out of her depth in listed company last time, so is well worth another chance to prove herself still on a workable mark. The penalised Gale Force Maya should also put up a bold showing.
It is interesting that Andre Fabre brings TRIDENT over for this Group 3 and he sets a good standard on his second-place finish to Perfect Power in the Prix Morny at Deauville last time. He was the first to come off the bridle on that occasion, suggesting he will be well suited by this step up to seven furlongs, and he looks a big player for leading connections. Cresta got the better of Modern Games on debut at Leicester, but the latter was impressive at Doncaster next time and resumes rivalry on 9 lb better terms.
MAX VEGA generally keeps better company than this, and was unlucky not to make a bigger impression when fifth off a BHA mark of 106 in the Ebor at York last month, left with too much to do after a troubled passage, so he’s a confident selection to gain his second course win provided the return to this trip doesn’t pose a problem. Roberto Escobarr was just a place behind the selection last time, so he’s regarded as a threat, with the class-dropping Nayef Road.
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TRIBAL ART is a three-year-old on the up having won three times already this year, and he did especially well to reel in another in-form rival off a steady gallop at Carlisle last time. A subsequent 3 lb rise in the weights probably underestimates his authority on the day and he is expected to complete a hat-trick at the main expense of Boltaway, who was disappointing at Pontefract last time, but isn’t one to write off yet.
A 2 lb rise in the weights for TADREEB’s recent Haydock success looks very fair indeed given that the runner-up has won since, and the third went close at Kempton next time. Mark Johnston’s charge appears to be back on an upward curve judged on that display and is marginally preferred to the progressive Bake, who is less exposed and bidding for a hat-trick.
A trappy contest to close the card, but DR T J ECKLEBURG was shaping well in handicaps over this trip mid-summer, and could have a bigger performance in the locker now having been freshened up. Bashful can give another good account, with Balearic also worthy of consideration in a first-time visor having been cut some slack by the handicapper.
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