MEMBER STATE (NAP) (best price 5-6) ran way beyond market expectation on his debut at Galway last month and this looks a good opportunity for him to get off the mark at the second time of asking. The fact that the son of Lope De Vega went all the way to the line with the main protagonists despite pulling hard in the early stages says a good deal about his natural ability and with the likes of Courage Under Fire (runner-up to Caravaggio in a Group 1) and Brutal (winner of a Leopardstown maiden) both going on to boost the form subsequently, it would come a slight disappointment if he failed to follow suit given the quality of that initial performance.
MAY ROSE (best price 15-8) looked a filly in full bloom when scoring at the fifth attempt at Windsor last time out and even under a statutory 6lb penalty for that smooth success, Charlie Hills’ inmate could well turn out to be some way ahead of the handicapper. Quickening smartly in the closing stages off sound fractions at the Berkshire venue, the daughter of Lawman posted a really smart time for a horse of her current rating and with her pilot, Andrea Atzeni, suggesting his mount should have no problem getting an extra furlong, that theory will hopefully stand its ground on a surface that should suit given her previous performances on a synthetic surface.
CLASSIC PURSUIT (best price 11-2) has been in fine form of late and looks set to put in another positive display under his optimum conditions. A game winner of a hugely competitive 6f affair at Haydock two starts ago, Ivan Furtado’s inmate clearly found the drop back a furlong counting against him in his follow-up bid five days later at Nottingham. He did, however, pick up really strongly in the latter stages to leave the impression he still remains in top form, and even though today’s contest represents another step up the ladder class-wise, the Pastoral Pursuits gelding may well prove equal to the task.