MASEKELA's close second to Native Trail at the July meeting here reads very well in light of that one's Group 1 success in Ireland this month. Andrew Balding's colt should have more to offer now stepping up to 1m so he's preferred to Acomb-winner Royal Patronage, who also promises to benefit from the extra yardage this afternoon. Coroebus looked a good prospect on debut and also merits respect.
NUGGET was shaping up well in good-quality handicaps in the spring and is taken to pick up from where he left off on his return from a break. Thirsk-scorer Noble Dynasty is in a deeper race now but remains unexposed, while United Front is one to be interested in again after shaping well from off the pace at Yarmouth recently.
SACRED BRIDGE looked something special when completing the 4-timer in the Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh, a race her trainer used as a stepping stone for Lightening Pearl, who followed up in this in 2011. The Lowther Stakes at York is often a good pointer to the Cheveley Park and this year's 1-2, Zain Claudette and Sandrine, head the dangers.
JAWWAAL is enjoying an excellent season and signalled he's ready to bag a third win in 2021 when a promising recent fourth over C&D. Be Proud is a tough and likeable sort who seems sure to be in the mix on the back of his excellent Ayr Bronze Cup second. Copper Knight and Mondammej are high on the shortlist too in a useful and competitive sprint handicap.
Lots of collateral form on offer. PERFECT POWER looked most unlucky when unable to fully open up in the Richmond Stakes won by Asymmetric and he emphatically reversed the form in the Prix Morny. That form is right up there with the best on offer and, with the prospect of even more to come, he is justifiably clear favourite. HMS Endeavour looks the one open to the most progress.
CHICHESTER was deeply impressive when bolting up in a first-time visor at Ayr last week, drawing clear in a well-run race with his jockey able to ease down a touch. This is a better race but he's officially ahead of the game under a penalty. The Gosden team has an enviable record in this and are represented by 3-y-o Uncle Bryn and Magical Morning, with Indeed the pick of those at longer odds.
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