Imphal was a big improver last season, winning here among his four victories, and he has run well in defeat on all three starts this year. He needs to improve again to beat some more obviously well-handicapped horses, but this step up in trip promises to suit him in the opener at 1.50pm. All his form is on good or quicker, so he will probably want it to dry out.
Corgi has progressed steadily this season and he followed up his Sandown success from a next-time-out winner with a second in the King George V at Royal Ascot. He has gone up another 6lb, but he has the potential to improve past his current mark in a competitive 1m4f handicap at 2.25pm. He has form with a bit of cut, as well on quick ground.
I was impressed by Soldier’s Call in the Windsor Castle, and that win makes him the clear form choice in the Molecomb at 3pm. He meets some fellow improvers and unexposed winners, but they all have him to beat.
You can make a case for Jersey winner Expert Eye stepping back up to a mile and the older horses, but Without Parole would be my idea of the winner of a Sussex Stakes that lacks a star going into the race.
I know the form of his ½ length defeat of Gustav Klimt at Royal Ascot doesn’t look so good after the runner-up was well beaten in France next time, but I thought he won with a bit in hand there and this is only his fifth start. The recent rain has not been in his favour, though.
Yourtimeisnow looked a decent prospect when third at Newmarket and Roger [Varian] clearly thinks a hood will bring about some improvement in her. That debut form is just about as good as anything in this field can boast, although clearly any of these could step up and oblige. Anyway, she gets my vote in the maiden at 4.10pm.
I don’t have a view in the 7f handicap that ends the Wednesday card – it looks impossible to me – but Four White Socks could be the answer to the Fillies’ Handicap at 4.45pm.
Her debut form at Windsor against Sandringham winner Agrotera was obviously decent and she was an impressive course-and-distance winner for me in a novice next time.
She couldn’t cope with the step up in class to a Group 3 last time but she wasn’t disgraced at Newcastle, and she will be more at home in handicap company for the time being.
An opening mark of 97 is no gimme, but she is a good filly with plenty of improvement in her as she gains experience. Hopefully, she can win this before having another crack at some black type.
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