PLATINUM STAR got back on the up with a dominant display at Ripon in August, quickening clear to score in a good time, and he’s fancied to add to his tally. Lazuli only just held on at Doncaster, but he’s open to a good deal of further improvement, with Jamaheery completing the shortlist after running out a convincing winner on her debut.
An open renewal of the Persian War with the vote going to THYME HILL, who was good enough to finish third in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham and this trip promises to suit now hurdling. Fiddlerontheroof comes with a bit of a reputation following his £200,000 transfer to Colin Tizzard, while there's surely more to come from Trevelyn's Corn this season.
STYLISTIQUE has improved with each start and sets the form standard on her Rockfel second here a fortnight ago. She can gain a deserved first success. Final Song and Wejdan look the obvious dangers.
DONNCHA has fallen a long way in the weights since contesting handicaps like the Hunt Cup but he has hinted at retaining ability of late. He's had a light campaign compared to many of these and should be involved in the finish. Firmament can never be discounted at this track and looks the pick of the O'Meara battalion. Alfred Richardson is a consistent sort that warrants respect also.
A repeat of the level MUSTASHRY attained when winning the Lockinge at Newbury would Sir Michael Stoute's late developer hard to beat, even under his penalty. Limato is the obvious threat as he bids to win this for a third successive season.
The market seems to have underestimated the claims of BOOMER. The Tom Dascombe-trained filly has a length to find with Powerful Breeze on their May Hill clash, but that effort has to be marked up given the headwind at Doncaster. Quadrilateral and Love figure very prominently in both the 1000 Guineas and Oaks markets for 2020 and it’s easy to see why given their profiles.
HAMISH is difficult to oppose after his Melrose win. He's been raised 6 lb for that victory but likely remains a Group horse in a handicap. Deal A Dollar is the biggest danger after a series of good efforts on the all-weather. Kosciuszko is one of many from top yards that have each-way claims in a very strong race.
BATTLE OF PARADISE justified strength in the market with a dominant success at Chelmsford last month and is just the type of improving 3-y-o his shrewd handler excels with. He is fancied to take this highly competitive handicap. Derevo, First In Line and Rhythmic Intent top the list of dangers.
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