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There are a few in here with chances, but it is RINGO STARLIGHT who tops the shortlist for the Amy Murphy team. He recorded a second career win fitted with a first-time tongue tie at Southwell last month, and ran another fine race when runner-up to a less-exposed sort over the same course and distance last week. A sluggish start didn’t help his cause that day, so he is fancied to go close despite a wide draw. Exceling arrives at the top of her game and is feared most.
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GRIGGY, whose last win came over this course and distance over a year ago, signalled that he is ready to strike when hitting the frame at Wolverhampton earlier this month. He was given an aggressive ride on that occasion, around three lengths clear when driven entering the straight, and only headed inside the final furlong. He is on a dangerous mark at present and he is very much one to consider with the blinkers back on. Frosted Angel is another weighted to go well and is next on the list.
This looks very open, but CALIN’S LAD proved at least as good as ever dropped to five furlongs at Wolverhampton last month on his return from 11 months off. That was a very encouraging effort to say that he has won over a mile before, and over this course and distance, so he is fancied to build on that effort and make it two wins in four starts for Tony Carroll. Covert Mission gained his breakthrough win in some style over course and distance earlier this month and can pose the biggest threat.
WHITTLE LE WOODS looks yet another shrewd purchase by these connections and has the potential to improve further on the all-weather. He was well backed on his debut for Mick Appleby and was only beaten a neck by one who was on a ‘going’ day, and he had no trouble going one place better at Chelmsford 11 days ago. He was well suited by the return to seven furlongs that day, knuckling down well to beat one with a similarly progressive profile, and a subsequent 3 lb rise in the weights may not be enough to prevent him from following up. Richard Fahey has his string in excellent nick at present and his Sir Maxi is rated next best.
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KABOO has always been held in high regard, subject of a gamble when shaping very well on his debut in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot, and he has progressed well switched to the all-weather of late. He has won his last two starts at Wolverhampton and Newcastle, taking advantage of a good bit of placing last time, powering clear of his rivals in the closing stages. He is yet to race beyond five furlongs, but shapes as though he’ll stay this far, and he remains one to be positive about on the all-weather. Adaay In Asia achieved a pretty useful level of form as a juvenile and makes most appeal of the remainder.
SHADOW ANGEL remains a maiden, but she shaped well in a first-time hood on her return from five months off at Chelmsford 18 days ago, and would have likely given the winner more to think about with an untroubled passage. The winner got first run on her that day, but she stayed on well all the way to the line, and she is well worth another try at this trip on that evidence. Broughtons Flare and No Diggity both hit the crossbar last time, too, and rate the main dangers.
This doesn’t look a strong race and BLAZER TWO is taken to deservedly open his account. He has finished runner-up on his last three starts, the latest over this course and distance in November, and that form has worked out quite well. A similar performance should see him home in front. Reset Button also arrives in excellent order and rates a big threat.
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