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In the hope this is solidly run (it could be as a couple of front-runners/prominent racers are drawn wide), DESERT LAND (NAP) is taken to record his first win at 1m. Things just didn’t pan out for him the last twice. Red Evelyn and stable switcher Agent Of Fortune head the dangers.
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This is tricky, with most of the key players at home off an honest pace (doubtful on paper). The selection is RANIA, who has done so well since fitted with a visor. Her versatility trip-wise should stand her in good stead however this pans out.
Second choice is Catch My Breath, who will be finishing off better than most. Broughtons Peace was gambled from 40/1 into 100/30 last time and is another to keep an eye on, along with Rose Fandango.
Spy has run two solid races (beaten only by market leaders both times), but may again come up short, with SOUND ANGELA in opposition. Roger Varian’s filly built on the promise of her debut effort by scoring with a bit to spare at Kempton three weeks ago and looks well up to defying a penalty.
Marion’s Boy is rock solid in his course and distance hat-trick bid, but perhaps TARAVARA can open his account. He wasn’t without his supporters in a course and distance 0-95 (this is effectively a 0-75) 15 days ago and ran well in finishing a close-up third.
National Charter is just preferred to Shibori of the newcomers, but MIDHEAVEN looks set to take a good step forward now tackling 7 furlongs.
Pablo Del Pueblo bolted up over course and distance on his handicap debut in spite of doing plenty wrong and he should have the ability to deal with his revised mark. There is a slight concern that his obvious quirks may prevent him from fulfilling his potential, but he is still greatly respected.
Durdle Door is handicapped to win and is high on the shortlist, along with Portelet Bay, but CAMACHESS performed with credit in a stronger race here last month and could be the answer.
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Who Cares Wins still has potential on the all-weather and ought to go well now dropping into a Class 6 handicap. Pillars Of Earth is improving, but being stuck out in stall 12 isn’t ideal for him. Perhaps recent Chelmsford fourth and fifth Classy Dame and FASCINATING LIPS will be the two to focus on with the latter set to turn the tables today.
Gary Moore’s SEMSER is a confident pick to build on last week’s Wolverhampton third, providing he settles up in trip. Lady Pendragon struck form here this time last year and her staying-on fifth at Kempton five weeks ago has received a few boosts.
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