He won this race three years ago – he seems to go well here – and he comes here on the back of what appears to be a career-best in winning the Lennox Stakes last time. Okay, some of the form horses may have underperformed there, and Librisa Breeze looked a hard-luck story down the field, but he did pretty well to win from off the pace. The problem is that he has picked up a 3lb penalty for that win and this looks a deep race, but he is clearly in great nick and, as I said, he appears to like Newbury.
She looks to hold as good a chance as most after her second here last time. She races off the same mark here, so she definitely has each-way chances again, even if she may not be the most consistent.
She hasn’t been out since finishing third over hurdles on Boxing Day but she was a good second when we last saw her on the Flat, improved over hurdles after that, and she is in with a fair shout in this veterans’ handicap. Hopefully the trip isn’t on the sharp side for her though, and she is straight enough after her absence.
This is a fair little sprint handicap and my colt has a decent chance if coming back to his best. He was below-par at Newmarket last time, though not beaten too far, and the handicapper has eased him 1lb for it. Perhaps he didn’t like the first-time cheekpieces there, as they are taken off here.
I don’t know much about him other than his breeding, and the fact that he has already been gelded. But his pedigree gives you hope, as he is a Showcasing half-brother this season’s progressive Fire Brigade and his dam won over 6f.
She ran okay here on soft ground last time, has been eased 1lb for it, and hopefully the first-time blinkers will eke out a bit more improvement from her. She has run well in other headgear before, which is hopefully a positive.
He won over hurdles last month, so he comes here in good heart. I have ridden him once before, when he didn’t run that well, but he won at Southwell on the Flat earlier in the year and he could be well treated here off 56 after that easy hurdles win at Uttoxeter. He is racing over 1m6f on the Flat for the first time, having never raced beyond 1m2f before in this sphere, so that’s a question mark.
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