(nap) was well touted before making her debut at Salisbury 33 days ago and although she failed in her bid to score at the first attempt, she has to be considered extremely unlucky to bump into a filly as smart as Nathra on her opening bow. With her conqueror going on to land a conditions event by seven lengths at Newbury next time out, there’s no doubt she was up against a pattern-class performer that afternoon and as the pair pulled well clear of the remainder, William Haggas’ charge should be regarded in the same terms. The sectional times that day also back up that view as the winner clocked a final finishing split 0.7 seconds better than La Rioja who took the Group 3 fillies’ contest on the same card, so if the daughter of Elusive Quality runs anywhere near that sort of level at the second time of asking, it’s clearly going to take an above-average performance to turn her over.
Light Music (nap) - 2pt @ 4/5Won 1.6pt
impressed with the manner of her victory over today’s course last time out and she remains a filly worth keeping on side despite this being her toughest test to date. John Quinn’s charge went into that race here 53 days ago off the back of several near misses against decent opposition, so it was no great surprise that she managed to piece it all together in gaining that overdue success. The one thing she displayed that afternoon was a decent cruising speed, and that ability to travel well on the bridle is clearly a major plus point to overcoming the sharpness of this circuit. The only slightly question mark is whether she will stay the trip, but she certainly wasn’t stopping in the final furlong last time so there’s every hope that the daughter of Kodiac will prove equally effective over this extra furlong. Novinophobia, who ran a belter despite doing everything wrong at Salisbury last time out looks the main threat.
Saturn Lace - 1pt @ 6/1Won 6pt
MELVIN THE GRATE
has run with a massive amount of credit on both his last two starts and should hopefully get his just rewards for those efforts in this slightly less demanding contest. His fourth to Chill The Kite at York two outings ago has been advertised many times over and he also ran to a very high standard at Ayr last time out when runner-up to Musasayyid in another red-hot and well-run affair. Usually buried in behind horses to help him settle in the early stages, hopefully he switches off sufficiently enough to save his potent turn of foot for the business end.
Melvin The Grate - 1pt @ 11/4Lost 1pt