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WAY TO AMARILLO was a €140,000 purchase as a yearling and shaped with plenty of promise on debut at this course over six furlongs at the start of the month, looking in need of the experience and not helped by meeting trouble early on. She seems sure to improve for that initial experience now, while she should also relish the step up to seven furlongs. Swift Lioness, who made a winning debut at Lingfield 16 days ago, is feared most under a penalty.
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ETERNAL PEARL shaped well on her debut at Ascot in a race which is working out well and she showed much improved form when runner-up in listed company at Goodwood on her next start. She looked to have been presented with a golden opportunity back in maiden company at Newbury last time, but she ultimately proved disappointing, though is well worth another chance to build on her earlier promise in a race lacking depth. Golden Chain and Spit Spot both showed plenty to work on first-time out and can fill the places.
DUBAI WELCOME opened his account on his final start as a two-year-old over this course and distance in 2020 and was well backed on his return from an absence back at this venue earlier this month. He was unable to justify that support, but did at least prove that he retains all of his ability, and it is interesting that the cheekpieces go back on now. He remains on a good mark and is fully expected to resume winning ways with his reappearance under his belt. Nao da Mais, who returned to near his best form last time, can prove the biggest danger.
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This looks an open handicap, but BILLY MILL, who was a dual winner for Richard Hannon, returned to his best to open his account for these connections over course and distance three weeks ago. He can probably be marked up for that effort, too, having helped set a strong pace and still having enough in hand to be eased near the finish. The handicapper has only raised him 3 lb for that effort, and he remains unexposed as a miler, so another big run is expected. Covert Mission, a dual course scorer this year, Lafan and Under The Twilight head the many dangers.
MOEL ARTHUR showed much improved form to open his account on handicap debut at Lingfield in February, pulling well clear with a next-time-out winner, and he has progressed further to finish runner-up on his last two starts on turf. The form of his latest effort at Sandown is proving strong and the step up to two miles shouldn’t prove beyond him, so he seems sure to launch another bold bid. The more exposed Mukha Magic looks set to run his race again.
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MASTERCLASS had been gelded since last seen and showed improved form when runner-up to a useful sort at Yarmouth last month, making no impression on the winner but shaping like a horse who is up to winning races this season. The handicapper may have taken a chance with his opening mark of 70 and, with further progress on the cards, he is expected to make a winning start in handicaps. Captain’s Bar heads the dangers having resumed winning ways dropped into selling company just under a fortnight ago.
A dual course and distance winner towards the back end of last year, GHERKIN proved better than ever after a couple of indifferent efforts when scoring at Windsor earlier this month. He is yet to finish outside the first two in four starts at this track and looks the most solid option to follow up from a 5 lb higher mark. A first-time hood could make Special Mayson more tractable and he may prove the biggest danger.
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