Runner-up to Big Orange in this race last year, QUEST FOR MORE (best price 8-1) must have a chance of being competitive again returning to the scene of that splendid effort twelve months on. Although you could argue Roger Charlton’s inmate doesn’t arrive here in the same sort of form than he did last season, he has managed to finish in the money in both starts so far this term and if the Sussex air reinvigorates the son of Teofilo like it has done in the past, the six-year-old has the ability to hit the frame at the very least.
In what looks a below-par listed fillies event, GUSSY GOOSE (best price 10-1) is taken to atone for a luckless passage she received when well fancied here two days ago. Drawn favourably low, David Wachman’s charge failed to take advantage due to a tardy start and once shuffled back through the field, life was always going to be difficult for her to get back into the race. She was, however, coming with a decent run up the inside rail just after rounding the home turn only for the door to be well and truly slammed in her face and she was wisely eased down by her pilot once he realised her chance had gone. Hopefully the daughter of Danehill Dancer will break a little more alertly this time around as she has plenty in her favour to put up a bold show if she does.
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for CAMLANN (best price 4-1) over hurdles on the first night of the meeting, but he gets an immediate chance to make amends back to the discipline that saw him score in devastating fashion the time before. The combination of being too keen in the early stages and a series of niggly errors at his obstacles eventually took it’s on Shark Hanlon’s charge, but to signify his wellbeing, he somehow managed to finish in the frame despite the chapter of problems. Having won on soft ground at Fairyhouse previously, the forecast rain shouldn’t cause him too many concerns and from a good draw with Pat Smullen on board, the son of Cape Cross has to be afforded another chance to recoup losses.
LORELINA (NAP) (best price 8-1) has taken a while to come back from a bad fall on only her second start, but on the evidence of her recent success at Chepstow, she looks worth following for the time being. Not only did Andrew Balding charge post a very fast overall speed figure at the Welsh venue, her final three-furlong split was better than the six-furlong sprint race won by Satchfield Flyer and with fourth horse, Feed The Goater, going on to boost the form subsequently, the race looks a totally believable one. Moreover, the daughter of Passing Glance has proven track form with a win around the Surrey track on debut and having acted on a variety of underfoot conditions, she should be able to cope with whatever the elements throw at her.