The Richard Hannon operation is usually to be feared in nurseries and there is a chance SOMEBODY TO LOVE (Best price 10-1) could outclass her rivals in the opener at HQ. Connections were probably a little too adventurous last time, launching her into a Group 2 company, but she was far from disgraced behind Roly Poly and that race is working out well. A seventh furlong should suit and she should give a good account with the track looking to suit.
CREW CUT (Best price 9-2) was only beaten a length in this race 12 months ago and could go one better as he looks well handicapped after a couple of efforts under an inexperienced rider. There could be more to come at his favoured stomping ground with Pat Dobbs on board and we may see a sharper performance from the eight-year-old now that he turns up in a race he also won in 2013.
PROJECTION (Best price 3-1) and MONT KIARA (Best price 7-1) are closely matched on their run behind the classy Dancing Star here in July and could prove the two to concentrate on in this cracking handicap. The former ran another fine race at Goodwood when seemingly poorly drawn and he will be tough to beat back at this track, while Mont Kiara is another that loves this course and gained compensation for a slightly interrupted passage on his penultimate start here to score gamely from Priceless over course and distance last time.
Aroenterie would have been the selection to reverse Goodwood placings with AMABILIS (Best price 4-1) but, in his absence, the latter still looks value against short-price favourite Escobar. Ralph Beckett's filly holds a Group One Fillies' Mile entry so must be held in some regard, and has looked a winner waiting to happen in two maiden runs so far. Course and distance winner Escobar posted a stylish debut and doubtless has plenty more to offer but he's a very prohibitive price.
KINGS FETE (Best price 10-11) holds obvious claims after a tenacious Group 3 success at Goodwood last time and, with an official rating in excess of 5lb superior to his four rivals, he must surely take all the beating. That success made amends for an unfortunate Ascot defeat in handicap company on his previous start and he looks to be a typically late-maturing type which his yard excel with.
A tough puzzle to solve, but MUNTADAB (Best price 10-1) was a good winner over seven furlongs at Thirsk last time and, although up 6lb for that win, remains of interest with his yard enjoying a terrific week. The booking of Pat Smullen looks a cracking one for the selection which looks well drawn on the evidence of yesterday’s results.GUNMETAL (Best price 10-1) could also be worth supporting as the return to seven furlongs should suit a horse which was only beaten four lengths in a hot handicap won by Dancing Star at the July meeting (6f) and he was going forward at the line.
Super sub Jim Crowley could be in prime position to pocket the Hungerford Stakes aboard HOME OF THE BRAVE (Best price 6-4). The four-year-old’s usual pilot James Doyle is serving a suspension so Crowley steps into the breach aboard Godolphin’s gelding who has developed into something of a seven furlong specialist this season. Hopefully, in what may prove a tactical affair, the gelding will be left alone in front under Crowley and could prove hard to overhaul if his rider can keep something in the tank to resist the late challengers.
KIMBERELLA (Best price 8-1) was a shade disappointing in the Stewards’ Cup but wasn’t drawn in the best part of the track that day and is worth backing to bounce back. The selection was second in the Great St Wilfrid Stakes last year and had previously scored in style at York so with his course experience should go well. Connections reportedly believe he can leave that Goodwood failure behind and have been happy with his preparation going into this event.
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