1 - FIRST IN LINE
Pair of 1¼m novice wins before posting a smart runner-up effort in the very competitive Melrose handicap at York (14f) last month. Surely more to come from him.
Hamish (7-1) wins the @SkyBet Melrose under @the_doyler for William Haggas in the family silks— Racing TV (@RacingTV) August 24, 2019
The same trainer has the well-backed favourite Raheen House in the Ebor later
Is it a sign?@yorkracecourse #ClassicEbor pic.twitter.com/rXtrduCCDj
2 - DEREVO
Really upped his game in recent starts, landing back-to-back handicaps at Pontefract and Newcastle with plenty in hand. Looks sure to figure in race yard took in 2015.
3 - SINJAARI
Largely performed well in defeat since taking Windsor maiden in April. However, seemingly outstayed in soft-ground Haydock handicap latest and others more appealing.
Headman by a head(!) just beats Sinjaari to the Al Zubarah London Gold Cup! pic.twitter.com/VM94RHnkOM— ITV Racing (@itvracing) May 18, 2019
4 - LE BAOL
Progressive in France, winning twice from four starts, notably when taking listed event at Toulouse on final outing in June. Opening handicap mark for new yard looks high enough, though.
5 - APPARATE
Added to his course success when gamely taking 3-y-o handicap at Ascot (12f) last month. Just 4 lb higher now and must enter calculations.
6 - TRUESHAN
2 wins from 3 runs this year and showed further improvement when second of 12 in handicap at Haydock (14f, good to soft) 34 days ago. Drop in trip may not be ideal, however.
7 - COUNTRY
Winning run came to an end when fourth in handicap at Sandown (10f, good to firm) 41 days ago. This longer trip could well suit but finds himself in a deeper contest now.
8 - THE TRADER
Generally holding form well this season despite not getting his head in front. Tries a longer trip now but hard to see him breaking his duck for the season here.
9 - SKYMAX
Returned to winning ways at Newbury in July and backed that effort up with good fourth in Melrose at York since. Another for whom this shorter trip may not be ideal, though.
10 - BABBO'S BOY
Dual winner this season who resumed progress when runner-up at Kempton late last month. However, this looks much more competitive.
11 - CARDANO
Had a fine year, scoring 4 times from 12 starts. Latest Yarmouth effort left something to be desired, though.
12 - KIEFER
Hasn't been seen to best effect in a trio of outings since winning at Newbury in May. Remains fairly treated but suspicion remains he needs a stiffer test of stamina than this.
13 - RHYTHMIC INTENT
Off the mark at Newbury in August and shaped better than bare result (left with too much to do) when sixth to Apparate in handicap at Ascot (12f, good to firm) since. Each-way player.
14 - CAPE CAVALLI
Off the mark in Goodwood minor event (9.9f) last month and only narrowly failed to follow uo on handicap bow at Sandown (10f, good) since. Not out of things. Blinkers on first time.
15 - DREAMWEAVER
Scored for third time when landing 9-runner handicap at Newcastle (12.4f) 24 days ago. Faces a much sterner test now but remains open to progress.
16 - STARFIGHTER
Belatedly opened account at Salisbury last month but was well held in Newbury follow-up bid and makes limited appeal.
17 - POWER OF STATES
Bounced back to form, in first-time blinkers, when close second of 10 in handicap at Chelmsford City (10f) 20 days ago. Looks up against it here, however. 1 lb out of the weights.
18 - BATTLE OF PARADISE
Returning from 7 months off when scoring in good style at Chelmsford five weeks ago. Looks sure to stay this longer trip and is a fascinating contender on handicap debut. 1 lb out of the weights.
19 - NATTY NIGHT
Solid efforts in defeat since winning a match at Lingfield in June. However, pitched in a much stronger event now. 2 lb out of the handicap.
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.