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There should be more to come from Eyeofthescorpion this year, while last-time-out winners Northern Bound and Isthebaropen are also respected but the one to beat isFinisk River (nap), who was raised only 2lb for his clear second at Perth four weeks ago and had that form nicely boosted when the winner comfortably followed up there on Wednesday. Furthermore, he'llbe suited by the return to this C&D and won't mind if there's rain about.
Not nearly so competitive as the numbers suggest. The consistent Lucky Shake sets a solid benchmark returned to maiden company and Flash Betty is another who seems sure to go well on the back of a good recent effort in a nursery. However, there was a lot to like about the debut C&D second of Torvi(nap) and Kevin Philippart de Foy's filly can build on that and open her account.
It's probably worth taking a chance onPurple Mountain (nap) bouncing back. She was too keen on heavy ground in a Grade 2 bumper at the Dublin Racing Festival when last seen but she had looked like a nice prospect when landing a mares' Listed bumper in good style on her previous run and she should benefit from a drop in class here.Skippin Courtis one to consider for an in-form yard whileHammersmithis a danger to all if he can reproduce his best form.
There may well be more to come fromRhoscolyn(nap), who ran well behind the solid Brunch in Listed grade at Pontefract five days ago. He's been largely progressive since joining his current yard and will be suited by this scenario, having won a useful handicap here in May. His main threats (in order of preference) may be Path Of Thunder, Maydanny and Magical Morning, who are all ahead of the assessor.
Jim Goldie knows the family ofRory(nap)very well, and this lightly raced 3yo can continue on the upgrade by following up his Ayr win. Mokaman is also going the right way and looks the biggest danger ahead of The Gloaming.
Roger Teal'sChipstead (nap) is nothing like so talented as his brother Oxted but he's run two good races in Windsor handicaps and the stiffer stamina test of the July course should suit him. The second choice is Hello Me, who was a good 2yo and seems to be finding her feet in handicaps. Any rain would solidify the claims of Follow Your Heart.
4.50: Send In The Clouds
Ghostly is chasing a hat-trick and shouldn't be underestimated as he's really kicked on since blinkers were fitted. He may be able to confirm recent C&D form with Irish Eileen but this might be best left toSend In The Clouds (nap), who was finishing off strongly over 7f last time (ahead of Inexplicable and that form has already been franked). Of the remainder, a market move for Amaretto would be interesting on his stable debut.
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