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ISKAHEEN has shown run-by-run improvement and was an encouraging third behind a couple of subsequent winners at Windsor last month. Iskaheen showed up well for a long way in that 6-furlong novice, only giving way inside the final 100 yards, and this slight drop in trip should help. He has been handed a fair opening mark and is worth siding with.
FIRTH OF CLYDE has finished runner-up on his last three outings and was a beaten odds-on favourite at Goodwood last month, but he’s not been doing anything wrong and he can make the most of a good opportunity here. Firth of Clyde went down fighting at Goodwood and that form looks the best on offer.
CARP KID is a consistent sort and ran right up to his best when runner-up at Windsor three weeks ago. He has been left on the same rating, which is also his last winning mark and he should give another good account. He could also be at a tactical advantage as a prominent racer in a contest lacking other obvious sources of pace.
SNOW BERRY proved better than ever when successful at Yarmouth a couple of weeks ago, beating the short-price favourite by a length with the pair two lengths clear of the third. Snow Berry remains relatively lightly raced, so there could be more to come and a 5lbs rise in the weights does not look severe. She will also have the assistance of champion jockey Oisin Murphy in the saddle this time.
MOSTALLIM has been kept busy this year, but he has had a productive campaign, winning for the third time in 2021 when landing a mile handicap at Yarmouth in July. His form has been a bit patchy since, but he ran right up to his best when runner-up at Leicester last week and is able to compete off the same mark here.
BEARWITH has a patchy profile, but he ran his best race yet when runner-up at Wolverhampton three weeks ago, seemingly appreciating the application of cheekpieces. He is able to run off the same mark here and the headgear is unsurprisingly retained, so he ought to give another good account.
ANCIENT TIMES has progressed steadily this term and he followed up a win at Epsom with an even better effort in defeat at Haydock a couple of weeks ago. Ancient Times showed good speed in that 6-furlong handicap, dragging some seasoned handicappers out of their comfort zone and he was only collared in the final 50 yards. Based on the speed he showed at Haydock, this slight drop in trip is unlikely to be an issue and he should be tough to peg back.
LADY ELYSIA has a good course record – her last three wins have been achieved at this venue – and she wasn’t disgraced in a tougher race here a couple of weeks ago. She should appreciate this ease in grade and also has the assistance of one of the more experienced riders in the race, so there is plenty in her favour.
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