CARNIVAL KING (3.00pm Sandown) Nicely bred son of our Group 1 winner Arcano and shaped with promise on his only outing so far in a maiden at Windsor.Form of that race looks very solid and should appreciate this extra furlong.
HILLGROVE ANGEL (6.10pm Salisbury) Continues to progress with racing and ran on nicely after meeting with interference to finish a respectable sixth in a maiden over seven furlongs on his latest start.Gave the impression he would be suited by this extra furlong and should go well in what will be his first appearance in a handicap.
RECOVER (7.30pm Wolverhampton). Produced her most encouraging performance so far on her first appearance over this trip on her latest start at Musselburgh, and takes a drop down in grade here.Has cheek pieces fitted for the first time and another good run anticipated.
AWJAB (2.05pm Epsom) Son of Bahamian Bounty and ran as if in need of the experience in what looked a well contested maiden at Salisbury. Was not beaten that far by the winner however and will know more of what is required here. The step up in trip should also be a plus, and the race has cut up significantly from the five day entry.
SPARK PLUG (3.45pm Epsom) Lightly raced three year old who has run to a high level of form this season and looks capable of further improvement. Looks to have a sound chance in this Conditions event and meets nothing of the calibre of his conqueror in a similar event at Leicester last time.
MADEED (3.05pm Goodwood) Has performed with credit in three high class events so far this season and came within a length of winning a valuable handicap over this course and distance on his latest attempt three and a half weeks ago. Looks to have found a slightly less competitive race here and another big run anticipated.
LIGHTNING STRIDE (2.20pm Ffos Las) Was one of our earliest juveniles into action and looked a shade unlucky not to add to his maiden win at Leicester when beaten a nose on handicap debut at Lingfield on his latest start.Is back in action after a short break and should again be hard to beat.
ZORA SEAS (2.55pm Ffos Las) Has been placed on both her outings so far and makes her second trip across the Severn Bridge after finishing a half length second here ten days ago. Open to further improvement looks to have found a good opportunity to make it third time lucky.
SCUTUM (2.45pm Newmarket) Has seen action in two nurseries over seven furlongs since winning his maiden at Epsom last month and has given the impression he would be suited by this step up to a mile.Did meet with some interference in running at Newbury last time and is now running from a 3lb lower mark.
ALKHAYYAM(3.20pm Newmarket) Missed his intended debut at Newbury last weekend after heavy rain.A full brother to our Prix Morny winner Arcano, he will be trying to emulate his illustrious sibling by winning on his first racecourse appearance.Is sure to come on a good deal for the outing, but he works to a high standard and he is expected to run well.
WINDFAST (3.05pm York) Very talented performer and will be seeking to build on creditable placed efforts in competitive pattern events on his last three starts.Should appreciate the return to seven furlongs after tackling a mile for the first time at Goodwood on his latest start and looks sure to run his usual sound race.
ABLE SPIRIT (4.20pm York) Son of Invincible Spirit and did well to finish fourth in what looked a good maiden on his first racecourse appearance at Sandown 23 days ago after running green in the closing stages.Form of the race looks solid – the third won a well contested maiden at Newbury last weekend – and he has pleased us in his work since.
SULAALAAT (2.30pm York) Has always been highly regarded and followed a close second on her debut with a very easy win at Nottingham three weeks ago.This is a big step up from a maiden, but she has shown both with the manner of that success and in her homework that she is a very talented filly with a very good turn of foot and she deserves to try her luck at this level.
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