On the evidence of the action up the home straight here yesterday, a middle to low stall position isn’t a bad thing, so with that in mind, ALBA POWER (best price 16-1) and TANGLED (best price 12-1) have decent platform to launch their attacks in this valuable sales contest. The former has been dining at the top table on his last two starts and his effort when fifth in the July Stakes at Newmarket a couple of runs ago reads well in the context of this race. Whether he really enjoyed the soft ground last time out or not, he seemed to cope with it well enough when a creditable third behind the useful pair Radiance and Another Batt in a listed prize at Ascot and hailing from a yard that probably hasn’t had the sort of season they were hoping for as of yet, the son of Fast Company looks set to provide his Newmarket handler with some cheer if he can perform to a similar level her today.
Unlike Hugo Palmer’s charge, the latter hasn’t yet faced pattern company, but he shapes like he has the sort of class which could eventually take him in that direction. His victory in a top-quality nursery at Newmarket when last seen suggested he’s more than worth his new perch of 92 and with the likes of Gold Town and Red Roman both going on to back up that view subsequently, Richard Hannon’s likeable sort looks set to play a leading role.
MADELINE (best price 3-1) could have done with a better draw, but hopefully Andrea Atzeni can work his mount into a decent position in the early stages, as she has enough quality to prove she’s one of the best fillies of her generation over today’s trip. Undone by the draw in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, Roger Varian’s inmate proved she’s a top-class filly by taking the listed Rose Bowl Stakes in a fast time on her next outing at Newbury and given that the ground was on the easy side of good that day, confidence is fairly high that she will cope with today’s underfoot conditions.
Either side of breaking a blood vessel at Lingfield on very soft ground, TALLULAH’S QUEST (best price 7-1) has run extremely well in races similar to today’s and Julia Fielden’s smooth-travelling mare looks to have a decent opportunity of finally getting off the mark providing her pilot delivers her challenge at the right time. In hindsight, the daughter hit the front too soon at Ffos Las three starts ago when worried out of the argument by the rallying Misu Pete and although the same fate awaited her at Yarmouth last time out, she was just out-paced more than anything else by a horse who simply took off in the first-time blinkers. Pulling clear of the rest of the field, however, she certainly served warning that she could be well treated off her current mark when conditions are in her favour, so providing the ground isn’t too soft at the Welsh venue today, the daughter of Tagula has perfectly respectable claims in a race of this nature.
Forceful tactics clearly made all the difference to MISS SNOSSYBOOTS’s (NAP) (best price 2-1) performance levels last time out at Tramore, and with a similar positive ride here tonight, a repeat looks very much on the cards. Setting out to make all the running five days ago, Micky Halford’s inmate simply skipped around the tight turns of the Waterford venue and in recording the fastest overall and circuit time on the seven-race card, she served notice that she could turn out to be a good bit better than her current handicap mark.
RAMORE WILL (best price 9-2) proved no match for easy winner Get Home Now over today’s course last time out, but he did pull nicely clear of the rest himself and as the time figure of the race was very fast, he still ran up to a fair standard in his own right. Prior to that excellent effort seven days ago, Chris Gordon’s inmate had also had the misfortune to bump into the well-handicapped Mr Caffrey at Stratford, but with nothing on that standard in today’s contest, the way looks paved open for the son of Tikkanen to strike for the first time for new connections.