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Fourth Time Lucky and Testing Faith bring the best form into the contest but there are likely improvers in opposition. Mashkuur and Kelapa fall into that category, along with Jade Country and GRIFFIN PARK, and Andrew Balding’s juvenile could take a marked step forward today. The market can provide clues with regard to the host of newcomers
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ueen’s Company sets the standard and her Chelmsford fourth can be marked up a bit but it’s highly likely SOUND ANGELA will improve past her. She didn’t put her breeze to good use on debut at Newmarket five weeks ago, taking a while to gather stride, but was beaten less than 3l at the line. Cuban Beat, Sporting Icon and Al Qareem are newcomers to note.
Having impressed when making a winning debut over C&D last month, HARRY THREE can defy a penalty and follow up. Small Print finished down the field on her debut over C&D but that performance wasn’t devoid of promise and this attractively bred filly could be a different proposition today. She is feared most ahead of You Go Girl, for whom the drop to 6f could be a plus.
A shortlist of three in a competitive affair. Deacs Delight is a solid option, but perhaps nursery debutants TROPICAL TALENT and Sir Duke can battle this out. The latter’s trainer has an excellent record in these events but the selection travelled with purpose over C&D three weeks ago and his opening mark looks fair.
Bearwith will have his supporters, having done so well in two runs last month, but this could be between a couple of summer recruits by good Newmarket yards. Duty Beyond may adopt a better early position than he’s been able to in Britain so far, now up a furlong, but COUNTY WICKLOW is marginally preferred. He ran to an RPR of 83 for Aidan O’Brien in May and a gelding op, in particular, could do the trick. Tamaska completes the shortlist.
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Despite not having much AW experience to call upon, class act STORMY ANTARCTIC (nap) is the pick. This is easier than when doing well from the rear at Newmarket last month. Misty Grey is the obvious alternative but he may not be a miler, so Kenzai Warrior could put up most resistance.
La Hulotte was value for more when winning over 1m3f here two weeks ago, while Pretty Sweet probably went into a few notebooks when finishing off to good effect over 1m3f on her latest start (also here). Handicap debutante RED SQUARE, who cost 375,000gns as a yearling, is worth siding with as some of her maiden/novice form reads well.
Having continued to run well since winning at Newbury in June, including a creditable ninth in the Cambridgeshire last time, NAVAL COMMANDER can capitalise on today’s drop back in grade. Aced It is another consistent contender and is second choice.
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