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Stake Acclaim, The Daley Express and Expert Opinion all figure prominently in calculations, but HOWZAK (NAP) still appeals as being ahead of his mark and returning to 5 furlongs should be in his favour. He can take this step up in class in his stride.
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Both Lullaby Bay and Steponit could improve for the switch to this surface, but this revolves around PAPA DON’T PREACH. He is yet to win after nine attempts, but if able to produce anything like his close fourth in the Flying Childers on this debut for his new yard he would take all the beating. Lucy Lulu knows how to win and has run well on Tapeta, so she may be the one to capitalise if the selection underperforms.
The lightly raced Ammolite and Park Street, who should appreciate the return to this sort of trip, are worthy of respect, but NEVER IN FOURTH is taken to follow up his win over 7 furlongs here last time. He has taken well to Tapeta and shapes as though he will stay the extra distance.
Market support for any of the three newcomers should be heeded, but a couple of these have already shown ability, including Cygneture who caught the eye at Kempton last time. However, MORGAN FAIRY is just preferred as she seems very likely to have benefited from last month’s debut when fourth at Leicester. The form has already received a boost.
Silver Screen would be a contender were she to see the trip out better than she has in her first two starts, while Peace Offering has shown enough to suggest she should be a factor in this line-up. However, it may be worth taking a chance with QUEEN OF COMEDY – who showed some ability on her Nottingham debut, while her breeding suggests she could appreciate this switch to an all-weather surface.
Quite a trappy little race. Fox Duty Free is more than capable off this mark if a return to all-weather sparks a revival. Hafeet Alain is also a big player if judged on the first of his two runs since returning to Britain, but the most solid option is STREET KID who followed his course and distance win last month with a good third at Kempton.
The return to 7 furlongs should see Jackstar go well and he’s high on the list, while Frosted Angel still has time on her side and can have a case argued. PALLAS LORD ran into one at Newcastle last time though, and a 2lbs rise looks very fair given there was daylight back to the third.
A wide draw isn’t optimal for CITYZEN SERG, but he’s likely to be dropped in and there should be a good pace on here, so it might not be an insurmountable obstacle. This track suits him best and he can step up on his previous efforts for his new stable. Masked Identity and Lafan may provide the stiffest resistance.
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