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A wide-open sprint handicap which may be won by BLISSFUL SONG, who had been running well prior to fluffing the start at Leicester last time. This stiff 5f could suit and she is taken to get the better of Van Gerwen, who rarely runs a bad race here and can figure despite an unfavourable draw. Others to consider include High Security, Blazing Hot and Spear Fir.
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Hailing from a yard rich in juvenile talent, Banquo is interesting on his debut. However, Golden Passport and, in particular, KITAI set a decent standard to aim at and ready preference is for the Johnstons’ runner, who looks ready to strike after a couple of near misses.
With the Roger Varian stable in tremendous form, Croachill has to be taken very seriously after her good run on her handicap debut at York. However, she may not be able to overcome the progressive EAGLE’S WAY who looked good at Nottingham last time and may be able to extend his winning sequence. Highwaygrey could be good enough to take third.
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The Karl Burke-trained WAN’EM created a good impression when winning on his debut at Catterick in July and is taken to defy a penalty and follow up. Edge Of Darkness has shown promise in fourth on both starts and is second choice, ahead of his old rival Lerwick.
Runninwild (second choice) continues to go from strength to strength and he should have a big run in him despite another hike up the weights for last month’s Thirsk win. Rayong has a fine record at this track and could leave his recent efforts behind him, while an improved display from Showalong would be no surprise either. LORD RIDDIFORD (nap) usually plies his trade in better races than this though and his Goodwood win in July stacks up very well. He can register his 12th career success.
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All four juveniles can be given a chance but preference is for Sir Michael Stoute’s ZAAKARA who still looked something of a work in progress when a good fifth at Kempton last time and now starts life in nurseries off a handy-looking mark. Swift Lioness posted a good third on her first go in handicap company at Newcastle and can follow the selection home.
Hat-trick seeking pair It Just Takes Time and Corinthia Knight (second choice) bring some very solid credentials to the table and David O’Meara’s new recruit Speedacus seems sure to have a say too if building on his Navan success after a break. CHURCHILL BAY caught the eye when a fast-finishing fourth at Wolverhampton before not enjoying the rub of the green at Chepstow and he gets the nod with this stiff finish likely to play to his strengths.
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