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The run of the race will be crucial to DARK DESIGN who comes from off the pace but at the least he should have more to offer at this level off his current mark. Joli’s Legacy is still open to improvement back at 7f and she can prove the main danger as Okaidi was a shade disappointing at Southwell after finishing ahead of the selection over C&D the time before. Sparkle In His Eye can’t be left out either.
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Say Grace is better off with Lincoln Dream on last week’s course form but the latter is open to further progress for her new stable, so the rematch could be close. Jackmeister Rudi (second choice) is still unexposed but, in a tricky seller, tentative preference is for GOLDEN WHISPER who has a leading chance on her December efforts.
Despite being sloppy leaving the gates, AL AMEEN (nap) has been progressive thus far and may improve further if he learns to start properly. Therefore he could well be ahead of his opening mark. Shamlaan (second choice) may still have more to offer and Unfinishedsympathy also enters calculations, while Adaay In Asia has possibilities if coping with the drop back to 5f.
The rematch between Quoteline Direct and Beau Geste should be close, provided the latter stays this longer trip. The comparatively unexposed Northern (second choice) is also respected but CINZENTO, who has an impressive classified record on Polytrack, may prove the answer provided he’s as effective back on Tapeta.
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A chance is taken on FOX POWER, who is on a long losing spell but is very well handicapped on his peak form for Richard Hannon and looks the type that his new trainer could coax back into the winning habit. Market confidence would be particularly encouraging. Hafeet Alain is feared most, ahead of Headingley.
Preference is for the attractively bred KAAHIRA, who may well improve markedly with her Chelmsford debut experience under her belt. Seven Pockets is second choice among the runners with experience, while interesting newcomers Figures and Approach The Land are also on the shortlist. Any positive market moves should be heeded.
Dubai Emperor flopped last time but may still have more to offer, while Masqool is going into unknown territory but he too remains open to further progress. Inexplicable (second choice) has major claims in the retained visor provided he stays this trip, but CITY ESCAPE is worth another chance with her unlucky Boxing Day effort still fresh in the mind. She still hasn’t had many runs for her current stable.
This looks the right time to get on BROKEN RIFLE, whose sole win came in this contest 12 months ago. He’s currently in good form and remains on a handy mark. Scarborough Castle (second choice) and Capricious are open to further progress and may prove the biggest threats to the selection.
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