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SEAGULLS NEST remains a maiden after 11 starts, but she is still unexposed on artificial surfaces and looks well-handicapped based on her two placed efforts at Lingfield in the spring. The return to all-weather should suit, while the switch to Mick Appleby ( who does so well with his recruits) also offers hope for improvement.
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ASTROPHYSICS is on a losing run of 11 that stretches back to June of last year, but he is now 6lbs below his last winning mark and caught the eye when fifth over this course and distance last month. Astrophysics was awkward leaving the stalls which resulted in him racing in rear and having plenty to do turning for home, but he ran on well under a hands-and-heels ride, shaping as if he’s ready to cash in on this lowly mark.
FAMOUS STAR shaped with encouragement when runner-up over this course and distance on debut and she confirmed that promise to get off the mark over a mile-and-a-half at Lingfield last month. Things didn’t go perfectly for Famous Star as she had to come from behind the other market principals in a steadily-run race and was also forced wide, but she stuck to her task well and was on top close home. That form is up there with the best on offer and she should have more to give.
HOW HARD CAN IT BE showed some promise when making late headway to finish fifth in a one-mile fillies’ novice on debut at Kempton in September and, while she has failed to build on that in two starts since, she remains with potential. How Hard Can It Be was unsuited by the drop to 7 furlongs the last twice, but she steps up in trip on her handicap debut and that might unlock some improvement.
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SHOOT TO KILL arguably produced a career-best effort when making a winning start for Robyn Brisland at Lingfield last month. There wasn’t a lot between the first four, but it’s still a race to view positively, with Shoot To Kill beating a couple on decent marks. Shoot To Kill looks well treated after edging up only 2lbs in the weights and he shouldn’t have an issue with this step up in trip.
THE FIRST HURRAH was too keen in first-time headgear at Kempton when last seen in October, but that run can be easily overlooked given she went off too hard. She has since joined Kevin Phillippart de Foy from Charlie Fellowes and looks well treated on bits of her form, most notably her runner-up effort at Nottingham in the summer.
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COOLAGH MAGIC was well supported on his debut for Robyn Brisland at Lingfield in September and he won with more in hand than the half-length margin would suggest after quickening well in the straight. Coolagh Magic is still on a good mark after going up only 3lbs – he won off much higher a couple of seasons ago – and he could have more to offer for this yard.
BROUGHTONS FLARE had to settle for second when meeting trouble in running at Lingfield last week, but he shaped well on that occasion and can gain compensation here. Broughtons Flare travelled well at Lingfield, but he was shuffled back entering the straight and was forced to switch approaching the final furlong. That trouble meant he wasn’t able to show everything he has to offer, but he has a good chance to make amends off the same mark here.
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