He came forward a fair amount from his debut effort when fourth in a decent novice at Yarmouth last time. He is obviously taking a while to get a grip on what is required but he is going the right way and there is plenty of improvement in him and, as a full-brother to Postponed and a half-brother to God Given, he hopefully has their slow-burning profile, too. As it stands though, he has a fair bit to find with the winners, Waldstern and West End Charmer, even if getting weight, and the likes of Aspire Tower.
He was last seen in a handicap hurdle at Cartmel last month, and before that he was running over 1m4f on the Flat, so his chance here isn’t immediately obvious in this mile handicap, especially from stall 10. But he does have form over this trip in the past, he has yet to be out of the places in three visits here – winning one of those over 1m2f here last July – and he has the assistance of first-time blinkers. Plus he has been gradually coming down in the weights, so perhaps he has an outside chance, after all.
So Beloved will take the beating at these weights if bouncing from a below-par run at York last time. Speculative Bid could give him a race if fit on his reappearance, and Mjjack and Salateen go well around here, with the latter running very well in a valuable handicap at Chelmsford on Saturday night. However, they all carry 4lb penalties against the higher-rated horse. Ultimate Avenue has even more to find on official ratings and has not run up to his best in big Ascot handicaps on his last two starts. But we know he is better than that, and hopefully a short break will have done him some good. He has a lot to find if the principals run to form, though.
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