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Neither of the handicap newcomers is obviously fancied and most of the others are exposed. Baileys Eminence and Arpina hold claims on recent front-running efforts but perhaps this will be set up for FIDHA, who is returning to 7f in first-time headgear after pulling hard a couple of times over 1m.
This can go to LITTLE RAVEN (nap), who is fancied to transfer his recent Tapeta improvement back to Polytrack under promising 7lb claimer Harry Davies. Midgetonamission may be next best, despite being worse off with Away Wit Da Fairys and Dashing To You from Lingfield and Wolverhampton respectively as she too chases a hat-trick, while the well-related Tsubaki needs considering on stable form alone.
Only Engrave, who’s weighted to her best, boasts a good strike-rate in recent times and several of the others have their share of convictions at short prices. COASE is well handicapped now back in the groove and remains unexposed over this trip, so is preferred to Alhammaam.
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The market spoke SARANGANI‘s way ahead of his recent Newcastle debut, when coltish beforehand, inclined to pull hard in a messy, small-field affair and green when asked to pick up. He’ll have learned plenty from that and, as a half-brother to the yard’s Group 2-winning stayer Manobo, he should appreciate this stiffer test. Stablemate Fiction Maker is an interesting newcomer, while Grand Alliance has a fair chance of turning things round with Zain Sarinda from Wolverhampton on 7lb better terms.
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A tricky race with most of the runners looking open to improvement for one reason or another. The suggestion is ACCELERANDO who looks interesting back over this C&D on her third start for a new stable. Allarmista (second choice) may have more to offer at this trip, while Boadicea Belle warrants respect as the only previous winner in the field and Nikki’s Girl has possibilities in first-time headgear.
A more aggressive ride on the drop back from middle distances all but saw JENSON BENSON retain his unbeaten C&D record last time, as he pulled away from two subsequent winners, and he can defy a small rise in the weights. Finery, who’s 2lb well-in off the back of last week’s C&D near-miss, is a danger.
Three of the leading contenders, Crazy Spin, Jeremiah Johnson and Swiss Rowe all tend to race on the sharp end and this could be set up for a closer. Reformed Character looked exactly that back from a long break for his new connections last month and has claims if the gelding operation reforms him still further. However, a chance is taken on LEVENDI, who showed more last time despite pretty much everything going wrong, in the hope he gets away better tonight.
Surrey Princess holds obvious claims with Simon Walker booked but an interesting alternative is TRIBUNA UFFIZI, whose penultimate effort is a very strong piece of form for the grade. The selection is a tempting proposition off 2lb lower this time. Fen Tiger and Apache Jewel are likely to go well over this trip, while Vertice is also in the mix.
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