There are a few possible winners in here, and most are rated higher than my filly, who is also unproven over this 1m4f trip. But I have always had a pretty high opinion of her, and she is on a steep upward curve judged on her Beverley win last time. Okay, the form of that race hasn’t worked out at all, but she was very impressive there and hopefully the step up to 1m4f for the first time will see her continue to progress. The ease in the ground is a positive for her, as would any more rain be. If she stays, I think she will go very close. I rode God Given when she won a modest maiden impressively at Haydock last month. Rated just 79, this is clearly a very tough task for her but this Nathaniel half-sister to Postponed is better than that mark implies and obviously black type is more important for her than a handicap win given her pedigree.
I have ridden him a couple of times without much success, but maybe my luck will change here. He certainly comes here in form after winning at Salisbury last time and, while he has gone up 4lb for it, 1m on good to soft ground looks ideal for him. Masham Star and Zwayyan could be the two to fear most, but there are a few in here with chances.
This looks a winnable opportunity for him. Okay, we may have said that last time when he was beaten at odds-on, and he has been gelded since, but a reproduction of any one of his last four efforts will make him very hard to beat in this maiden.
I have won on him a couple of times down the years, as well as finishing second in a Buckingham Palace on him, and he has been remarkably consistent all season. Of course, that doesn’t lend itself to an attractive handicap mark, but he won at Yarmouth last time and went up only 1lb for it. He gets into this 0-90 handicap even though he is rated 92, and hopefully his class will give him an edge, but the likes of 3yo Love Dreams have more obvious scope for improvement.
He and Valcartier also both squeeze into this 0-90, even though they are rated 91. Valcartier and Contango are progressive horses to be feared and Ray’s The Money, a horse I know well, finally came good again at Haydock last time, too, for a stable that continues to have a great season. But you have to give Intrepidly a good chance, as well. I thought he did it well at Windsor for me last time, where the front two pulled a fair way clear of the third. A 6lb rise for a neck win looks a little bit harsh to me, but I hope there is more to come from him.
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