MAZZINI (best price 3-1) never really had any sort of chance to get up a head of steam last time out at Yarmouth and he rates a decent bet to gain compensation for that unlucky episode at a track that should play into his strengths. Prior to that nightmare passage at the seaside track, James Fanshawe’s charge had looked a thoroughly progressive type with a smooth success on the all-weather at Newcastle and with the form of that race at the Gosforth Park venue suggesting the first three home were all well handicapped, the son of Exceed And Excel gets a chance to prove that theory correct off just 7lb higher here.
Dermot Weld is not the sort of trainer that would waste a bullet bringing a horse over to these shores unless he was convinced he had a solid chance and in the shape of AYDOUN(NAP) (best price 5-2), the Master of Rosewell has the kind of prospect that can justify the trip. Although this listed contest in a far cry from winning a lowly maiden at the Listowel Festival on his racecourse debut, the style and overall time of the performance he posted that day immediately gave way to thinking he was a potential pattern horse in the making and in thrusting the son of Mastercraftsman straight into the deep end off the back of that run, his wily old handler clearly believes that too.
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RUN TO THE HILLS (best price 8-1) may not have the sexy profile than some of his main market rivals, but at the same time, he has enough potential to hold his own in this sort of company. Placed on each of his three starts on the all-weather, George Peckham’s inmate got his just rewards for those consistent efforts with a cosy success at Thirsk last time out and given that the soft ground would have been a slight worry going into that contest, the performance was even more commendable. Being an American-bred with form on Tapeta, he should, in theory, be perfectly at home on today’s surface and having run some smart speed figures in his short career, the son of Quality Road will hopefully be able to cope with the sort of pace often associated with mile races at this track.
THE RESDEV WAY (best price 3-1) was far too keen for his own good when bidding to follow up his previous C&D victory last time out, but providing he can settle better this time around, Richard Whitaker’s charge has a great chance of getting back on track. The fact that he wasted so much energy and still managed to put it up to the eventual winner Kirtling is testimony to his current wellbeing so all the son of Multiplex needs on this occasion is a stronger early pace.
AJMAN PRINCE (best price 16-1) has been campaigned very much with handicaps in mind and he doesn’t look to be too badly treated based on the limited samples of his form. His latest performance, when he was noted running on nicely under a tender ride, suggests there could be plenty more to come, and given that his best two outings have derived from racing over today’s stiff track, the son of Manduro has to be worth a roll of the dice at his early morning quotes.