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BURTONLODGE BEAUTY has progressed gradually since making the switch to handicaps and she produced a career best when finishing second at Chelmsford last time. She was headed in the dying strides on that occasion, beaten just a neck. This looks a good opportunity for her to open her account from only 3lbs higher in the weights.
RUBY COTTAGE showed improved form when resuming winning ways over this course and distance two weeks ago. He was produced to lead around two furlongs out and battled well when challenged to land the spoils by nearly 2 lengths. This will be tougher from a 5lbs higher mark, but he is clearly very effective under these conditions and another bold bid is expected.
TRUE ICON ran to a fair level when making just her second start at Nottingham two weeks ago, simply finding one too good on the day. That form is the best on offer in this novice event, while the small ‘p’ attached to her Timeform rating denotes that she is likely to progress further. Therefore, she is very hard to oppose for William Haggas, who has his team in red-hot form at present (15 winners in the last 14 days).
GEELONG made the perfect start to his career when landing a novice event at Wolverhampton last month, keeping on well to win by over a length in comfortable fashion. That was probably just an ordinary race, but he remains open to improvement – especially now stepping up to a mile-and-a-quarter. He is fancied to defy a penalty to maintain his unbeaten record.
URBAN ARTIST finished down the field in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster last time, but she is clearly better than that, as she showed when second in a competitive handicap at Goodwood in July. That was a borderline smart performance and she looks to hold standout claims if bouncing back to her best in this Listed heat. For context, she is 8lbs clear of her main danger on Timeform’s weight-adjusted ratings.
MONBAHER won his first two starts in handicaps after being fitted with blinkers and the form of his victory at Doncaster in June has worked out well. Admittedly, he was disappointing when last seen finishing down the field at Chester in July, but his subsequent absence suggests an excuse for that tame display might have come to light. He remains one to be positive about and should be capable of winning more races from a BHA mark of 86.
DREAMBIRD is still relatively lightly raced and she had been shaping up really well prior to an underwhelming effort at Wolverhampton last month. It’s far too soon to be writing her off after just one bad run and this will be the longest trip she has tackled to date. She is likely to relish the extra emphasis on stamina and could be worth another chance.
LAMORNA COVE caught the eye when second on her latest outing at Ffos Las, doing her best work at the finish to pass the post just a neck behind the winner. The return to a mile here will be in her favour and she looks sure to give another good account from just 1lb higher in the weights. The booking of Tom Marquand also suggests a big run is expected.
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