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In a competitive affair a narrow vote goes the way of CLIPSHAM TIGER, who was nicely enough on top over 1m here last time and can defy a 4lb rise. Engrave has several good efforts here, including her latest second, and has to be feared, while Kingson hasn’t finished out of the first three in his four outings this year. Mulberry Silk has the outside stall but is still respected as a lightly raced sort from a leading stable.
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Dark Company should go well if able to reproduce last week’s C&D form. Trevolli is also likely to have a say if coping with a third outing in ten days but HEADINGLEY was too strong for him over 1m here last week and is fancied to confirm that superiority. David O’Meara’s charge does have stamina to prove but he was strong at the finish with new hold-up tactics employed last week and that provides hope this trip will be within range.
Al Shoughor’s Wolverhampton win in March isn’t the strongest form but she is at least low mileage and she should go well under a penalty in another modest event. Crunchie may confirm recent Lingfield form with the frustrating Notoriously Risky, while newcomer Nantosuelta is bred to sprint and shouldn’t be underestimated. Perhaps this will be the day that CAPE COLUMBUS finally delivers on the undoubted promise of his debut.
The two last-time-out winners look the pair to focus on. A 2lb rise for Rogue Force’s cosy Kempton win is very fair and he won’t go down without a fight but INTERNATIONALANGEL is flourishing and the manner of her C&D win four weeks ago strongly suggests she can hold her own in this higher grade.
A small field but a good case can be argued for four of them. SOPHOSC could do with settling better over this extra distance but he’s in form and still looks well treated. He could be the answer ahead of Crimson King, who ran well in a better race last week, Wadacre Gogo and Berrahri.
Sir Rodneyredblood has clicked back at 5f and should go well in his bid for a C&D hat-trick. Copinet finished behind a couple of these at Lingfield on her stable debut but she has lots of ability and the headgear could bring about an improved effort. She’s missed the kick in recent starts though and this isn’t a track to be on the back foot early. EXPERT OPINION is well drawn to attack and his latest second over 6f here was a career-best effort. He could be the answer today.
Excellent George and Shanghai Rock ran well over C&D ten days ago and are contenders, while Kath’s Lustre’s record here means she needs a second look. Amasova is high on the list with a visor now tried but I’M MABLE is preferred. She won off a higher mark at Nottingham on her penultimate start and Monday’s fourth at Kempton suggested returning to 5f would be in her favour.
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