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Among those who have raced, all just the once, the Goodwood third ISLAND FALCON holds clearly the most appeal. Clear Day and Barley are next on that list, but the majority of the field are newcomers and they probably provide the greater threat. Michael Bell’s King Eagle requires a mention, along with Charlie Appley’s pair Kalahari Prince and Untold Mystery, with plenty of others also being of interest.
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Plenty of these have something to prove after their most recent efforts, but not ROGUE BEAR (NAP) who won in the manner of a sharp improver here last time. Gainsbourg is another with momentum behind him and Shawaamekh might as well try his luck over this longer trip so late in the season.
Josies Kid is an intriguing two-year-old runner, but being out of the weights means he’s 10lbs higher than at York, which might be asking a bit much of him. Raasel is on a roll and if he has a chance then so does Wrenthorpe whom he only edged out here last time.
Faustus, Rebel At Dawn and yesterday’s winner Dark Shot are others to bear in mind but a chance is taken on BEN MACDUI who might be able to salvage something from a quiet season if Pontefract was a sign of better things to come.
There is an open look to this division, but ATTY’S EDGE gets the vote given the form he has been in of late. Stake Acclaim would be a big danger if he can stage a revival with conditions to suit, while Colombe is reasonably consistent and likely to be very competitive.
A three-year-old who scored in tidy style over 5 furlongs on good to soft last time out, MISTER BLUEBIRD offers the chance of better still and heads the list. The Daley Express was runner-up to the selection last time and looks nailed on for another prominent finish, although Harrogate is feared more going for his fourth win this season. Lordsbridge Boy is the other principal contender.
Things might be coming together for BURIRAM, who is looking for a first win this season but raced less freely than on some occasions in a 2m race at York last time before running on well to go down by a head.
He has a career-high mark, but is well capable of winning a race like this. He passed Midrarr well inside the final furlong in that York race and passed the post nearly 3 lengths ahead of her. Today’s most potent rivals may be East Asia and Dreams Unwind.
On Flat form, this looks a golden opportunity for MELLOW MAGIC to get off the mark, with Swiss Mistress easily the most likely danger if judged on the first of her two starts and not the second. Coquelicot has not taken to jumping hurdles but made a splash in bumpers, so perhaps will be seen in a better light again today. The Swagman and Zyon had plenty of ability in both those spheres.
There was a better effort over course and distance from Time To Sea last time and it would be no surprise to see him get involved, while Possible Ambition looks a more obvious player and ought to have a say.
Winfola is interesting, having taken a step back in the right direction last time, and she could be a big threat to the selection ANGELS ROC, who is consistent for one at this level and has first-time cheekpieces which might just help him earn a first win.
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