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QUANAH is on a losing run stretching back to June 2020, but he took a step back in the right direction when sporting first-time cheekpieces at Newcastle last time. Beaten less than 2 lengths into fourth on that occasion, he is a previous winner over this course and distance and could be worth siding with from a mark now 8lbs lower than when recording his last success.
EASTER SHERIFF proved a huge disappointment on his latest outing at Newcastle, but he is clearly much better than that, as he showed when third on his previous start at Thirsk. That was a useful performance and the significant drop in grade here identifies him as very much the one to beat if bouncing back to his best.
TOMMY G has already recorded four wins this year, including at this course in July. He has been a bit inconsistent since, but there were valid excuses for his below-par effort at Ayr last time (raced alone against the stands-side rail). He is on a fair mark judged on the balance of his form and another bold bid is expected with Amie Waugh claiming 5lbs.
ROULSTON SCAR is a smart sprinter who made it two wins from three starts this season with a decisive victory at Chelmsford last time. He was sent off at short odds on that occasion and the result was never really in any doubt, quickening clear in the final furlong to win by nearly 3 lengths. That form sets the standard on these terms and he looks sure to take plenty of beating once again.
ALBEGONE arrives here in a rich vein of form and remains a horse to follow. He opened his account over this course and distance in September and then progressed further to defy a penalty at Hamilton seven days later. Beaten just a head in a big-field handicap at Redcar last time, he is effectively only 3lbs higher in the weights here and looks sure to give another good account.
ON A SESSION has had 16 runs since his last win in June 2019, but he produced one of this season’s better efforts when second at Galway last time, doing well to be beaten just half a length after being forced to wait for a gap entering the final two furlongs. He has dropped to a good mark and it will be disappointing if he isn’t involved at the finish once again.
STRONSAY shaped better than the bare result in first-time blinkers when fourth at Catterick two weeks ago, only weakening in the final furlong after pulling hard for much of the race. He should get a strong gallop to aim at in this big-field and it’s surely only a matter of time before he takes advantage of his falling mark now back in form.
AYR EMPRESS produced a career best when third on her most recent outing at Newcastle, keeping on well to be beaten less than a length. She can race from the same mark here and the addition of a visor could give her the competitive edge she needs to belatedly resume winning ways in a wide-open finale.
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