KAMEKO just missed out in a real battle for the Solario Stakes at Sandown last time. He went down on the nod after battling back in the shadow of the post over the 7f trip.
That bodes well for stepping up to this mile and he has more to offer on his third run. Pyledriver got the better of Sound Of Cannons in a Haydock Listed contest over this distance 21 days ago.
There’s no reason why that form should be reversed although Frankie Dettori’s booking catches the eye on the latter. Highland Chief hasn’t been seen since his solid third at Royal Ascot.
That’s a concern but market support would be interesting. Aidan O’Brien runs three and Iberia could be the pick after chasing home Pinatubo at a distance at The Curragh last time.
That was a decent effort and he shapes as though this extra furlong will help. Similar comments apply to Ryan Moore’s mount Year Of The Tiger who tries a mile for the first time.
William Haggas runners are always respected and his Surf Dancer is taking a big hike in class after winning a couple of minor races well. He will enjoy the longer distance and has improvement to come.
RAFFLE PRIZE is just the ticket in the Cheveley Park. She pushed red-hot prospect Earthlight all the way in the Group 1 Prix Morny at Longchamp last time.
There was a neck between them at the line and give in the ground suited well. That was after two brilliant wins, first in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and then on the July Course here in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. She’s still improving.
Dark Lady looks overpriced after clocking a decent time when winning a Salisbury Group 3 latest. This trip is ideal and any more rain would help her chances as she likes it tacky.
Tropbeau only had three rivals to beat at Deauville last time but she scored well and will try to stretch the others’ stamina as she sees out 7f well.
Living In The Past went from the front to win the Lowther at York latest. That was a real step forward and she could find more with just three runs under her belt. The worry is that fast ground appears to suit well and she won’t get that today.
At first glance the Ballydoyle runners Tango and Etoile have a bit to find. The latter was green when winning a Naas Group 3 when last seen in May while Tango has been held three times in this class already this season.
EARTHLIGHT can shine for French legend Andre Fabre. He brings proven Group 1 form into the race having won the prestigious Prix Morny at Deauville last time.
That stretched his 100% win record to four having already taken a Group 3 contest at the same track. He will like this ground and has a good attitude that will help as this will take some winning.
Siskin is another who has won at the highest level and he’s just rated a bigger danger than Mums Tipple. Ger Lyons won his first home Group 1 with him at The Curragh last time and he’s won on fast and bottomless ground.
He matches the tip with four wins from four starts and has more to come. Mums Tipple was massively impressive when destroying a big field at York last time.
The clock backs up the visuals of that 11-length success. If he repeats that in this much stronger company he’ll be hard to peg back. Stablemate Threat can’t be ignored either.
He made it back-to-back Group 2 wins when battling to victory in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster two Saturdays ago. He’s been busier than his rivals but could take another step forward.
He probably wouldn’t want the rain to come as he likes it fast. Lope Y Fernandez bounced back from a modest Goodwood win with a nice victory at The Curragh latest but needs to raise his fame. Stablemate Monarch Of Egypt could be a hotter prospect after his close second behind Siskin last month.
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He ran well in a trio of hot handicaps through the summer before scoring well at Beverley last time. He had to weave his way through the traffic which will be a major asset in this rollercoaster ride. He looks ahead of the handicapper, stays well and has more to offer.
Frankie’s ride Lord North has few miles on the clock and showed up strongly when second at Ascot last time. He shapes as though this step up in trip will help and should go close.
Le Don De Vie only had three rivals to beat at Goodwood last time but did it well. He’ll find this a very different challenge but has ability.
Mordin was second in this race last year and has strong claims again. He has excellent 7lb claimer Marco Ghiani on board which means he’s off a similar mark. This trip and track suit him really well.
Another Touch was a good fourth in the John Smith’s Cup at York and has had just one run since. He’s been given a chance by the handicapper and won’t be far away.
Afaak flopped in this 12 months ago but is lightly raced this season and is only 4lb higher than when winning the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot. His best form would put him right in the picture
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MIKMAK loves the mud as he showed when winning over course and distance in August. He followed up with a good effort at Ripon before Carlisle didn’t agree with him last time.
Back at an ideal track in an open race, he can make his presence felt. Club Wexford would like the ground a little quicker but isn’t without a chance.
He was fourth behind the tip on his last run here but can’t be ruled out with excellent claimer Angus Villiers taking a useful 7lb off his back.
Richard Kingscote and Tom Dascombe are always respected at Haydock and they have a real shout with Barristan The Bold.
He was unlucky to finish only third at Chester last time after traffic problems. He has won with some give in the ground and looks one of the more progressive runners in the field.
Mitchum Swagger has been running in stronger races than this. He was last seen in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot and has tasted victory over this course and distance.
His layoff is a slight concern but it means he’s a fresh horse at this time of the season. Gabrial The Wire won well at Chester last time and a 5lb rise looks fair if he can handle these testing conditions which he hasn’t liked before.
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CAME FROM THE DARK bolted up over course and distance last time and can repeat the feat. He’s gone up the weights but you don’t see many decent 5f sprints won by almost four lengths.
There was some give in the ground that day and there could be a lot more to come from this three-year-old.
Acclaim The Nation has been running well and was again right on the premises at Doncaster latest. He has no issues with soft ground and has had a little help from the handicapper despite his solid form.
Camacho Chief likes plenty of cut and has dropped to just 2lb higher than his Doncaster win in June. He hasn’t had his conditions over this trip since and looks a danger.
Copper Knight is having his sights lowered here and is respected given he won a York Listed contest earlier this summer. He may want the ground a little quicker though.
Makanah is consistent and has gone well at York and Doncaster since winning at Musselburgh over this trip on soft ground. He looks on a fair mark and is another to consider.
She Can Boogie threatened to win here last time before fading late on but is 4lb better off today with a decent claimer on board.
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4.15 Princess Bride
4.50 Mild Illusion
5.25 Dubai Legacy
1.30 Sea Of Marmoon
2.40 Lincoln Park
3.15 Came From The Dark
3.50 Pot Of Paint
4.25 Celestial Force
1.35 Strait Of Hormuz
2.45 Fuwayrit (nb)
3.55 Society Guest
4.30 Lady Alavesa
5.05 Overhaugh Street
1.55 Be Prepared
2.30 Gold Souk
3.05 Count D’Orsay
3.35 Baron Bolt
4.10 Tammooz (treble)
4.45 Penny Pot Lane
5.20 Isabella Brant
1.40 Absolute Jaffa
2.50 Gars Bar Dine
3.25 Midnight Maestro
4.00 Storm Rising
5.10 On The Wild Side
5.20 Sonnet Rose
5.50 Fair Power
6.20 Star Of Bengal
6.50 Shimmering Dawn
7.20 Big Challenge
7.50 Holy Kingdom
8.20 Poeta Brasileiro