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FORTIS REGINA looked the stable second string on jockey bookings and in the betting, but she still shaped with plenty of promise when coming home in front of her better-fancied stablemate on debut over seven furlongs on the July Course three weeks ago. That form received a boost at Yarmouth on Thursday and Fortis Regina looks a sure-fire improver now, while she should also relish this step up in trip. Chelsea Green, who dead-heated last time, is a likely threat with Harry Davies taking off 3 lb, while there are some interesting newcomers on show, notably Fillies’ Mile entrant Climate Friendly.
Won a couple of races at Beverley and Ripon earlier in the year, form which has worked out quite well, but she ran too badly to be true when trailing home in last position in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot. However, she wasted no time returning to form, very much catching the eye in a competitive handicap at Goodwood last time, travelling better than most and finishing with running left at the line having not endured the clearest passage. Tamarama is now 1 lb lower in the
weights and will remain of interest following a short break. Al Husn, Queenlet and Washraa all have unfinished business and are dangerous in a strong-looking heat.
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BELL SHOT is proving most progressive this season, confirming the promise of his reappearance when scoring at Newbury in June, and proving better than ever when resuming winning ways over the same course and distance last month. He turned that handicap into a procession, showing a smart turn of foot to put the race to bed, and a subsequent 6 lb rise does look rather lenient. Bell Shot seems sure to launch another bold bid and should prove a tough nut to crack. Mount Kosciuszko has reacted really well to blinkers in recent weeks and is another who should be viewed in a positive light.
AKKERINGA was well backed and duly resumed winning ways having fallen back down to his last winning mark over this distance at the July Course in July and he shaped much better than the bare result at Doncaster last time. It is probably stretching it to say he should have won, but would likely have been placed with a clear run through, and he remains a horse to be interested in from this sort of mark, especially if translating his Newmarket form to the Rowley Course. Mellys Flyer, Celsius and the selection’s stablemate Got No Dollars head the dangers.
This has a competitive look to it, but it is DUKE OF VERONA who stands out now stepping up to a trip he should relish. He wasted no time getting back to form when resuming winning ways over a mile and three quarters at Sandown last month, and he can be marked up for that effort, too, as he conceded first run on the runner-up. Duke of Verona shapes as though he’ll relish this significantly longer trip and looks most interesting. The admirable Rajinsky is feared most now returning after a break, with Prince Imperial and Themaxwecan also in the mix.
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SEA GALAXY showed promise on debut but was disappointing on her next start at Yarmouth. The winner of that race has proved most progressive since, though, and Sea Galaxy came out on top when beating the 8/1-on favourite in a match at Windsor last month. She was well suited by a step up to a mile and a quarter on that occasion, and she is capable of better still now handicapping, particularly given she appears to have been allotted a very fair opening mark. Belhaven’s latest run is easily excused, so it’s possible she could pick up the progressive thread over a new trip following a break.
There is a strong possibility that this race will be run at a strong gallop and that should suit the in-form FAST STEPS. He made his move wider than the rest when resuming winning ways at Sandown last month, displaying a nice turn of foot, and ran at least as well in defeat when left with too much to do over a mile and a half at Epsom last time. The drop back in trip shouldn’t pose a problem for this strong traveller and Patrick Millman knows him well, while it is a plus that cheekpieces are returned. Maysong is in fine form at present so he’s put forward as the main danger to the selection.
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