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TRUE ICON was gambled on when making her debut at York earlier this month, starting at 2/1 with nine runners going to post. In the event, she finished well down the field after showing signs of greenness beforehand, but she is clearly thought capable of much better and could be worth another chance with significant progress likely.
FRESH HOPE shaped encouragingly when fourth on her debut at Newcastle three weeks ago, travelling well and leading briefly entering the final furlong before getting tired. That form sets the standard in this line-up, and she seems sure to progress with the run under her belt. Therefore, this looks a good opportunity for her to get off the mark at the second attempt.
DIVINE JEWEL has plenty to recommend her on pedigree, being by Frankel out of the May Hill winner Agnes Stewart. Bought for 300,000 guineas as a yearling, she clearly looks the part as well, so it will be interesting to see whether there is much support for her in the betting. This maiden probably won’t take much winning either given that those with previous experience set just a fair standard.
ARISTOBULUS ran poorly on his most recent outing at York, but he is clearly better than that, as he showed when making a successful nursery debut over this course and distance in August. That was an impressive performance and he still has the look of a well-handicapped horse, with further improvement also not out of the question after a short break.
AVA GO JOE returned to form when second on his latest start at York, sticking to his task well to be beaten just half a length. That was the fifth time he has filled the runner-up spot this season, but there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with his attitude. He can race from the same mark as he did at York and it could be the day that he gets his head back in front.
WINK OF AN EYE has made giant strides this season and showed useful form when completing a four-timer at Goodwood in July. He was beaten at York last time but shaped better than the bare result, doing well to be beaten less than 3 lengths after being left poorly placed. There should be more to come from him, and he looks a good bet to bring up his fifth victory of the campaign.
MAGNA MORALIA ran a solid race when last seen finishing second at Epsom in July, staying on well to pass the post just a neck behind the winner. He is only 1lb higher in the weights this time and the step back up in trip will be very much in his favour. This will be his first start for nine weeks, but he looks to hold obvious claims if ready to go in first-time blinkers (often wears cheekpieces).
RAASEL recorded a first success for Michael Appleby at Goodwood last week, making light of a seven-month layoff to win by a length in comfortable fashion. It remains to be seen whether he can back that effort up, but the case for him is still an easy one to make. After all, he escapes a penalty for his Goodwood win and it is still early days with this yard, so he may yet have more to offer.
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