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SILK ROMANCE was green but shaped very well when second on her debut at Kempton two weeks ago, staying on strongly once the penny dropped to pass the post only two and a half lengths behind the winner. She is sure to progress with that experience under her belt, so this looks a good opportunity for her to get off the mark at the second attempt for Charlie Appleby, who is seeking his third win in this race since 2017.

LAMORNA COVE showed improved form to record her first victory at Newbury last month, producing a good run from the rear of the field to win by a length and a half in comfortable fashion. She may yet have more to offer after only six starts and a 3 lb higher mark than last time still looks lenient. She looks a good bet to follow up for William Buick and David Menuisier.

TANGLED WORDS makes plenty of appeal on pedigree, being by Dubawi out of a mare who has already produced the very smart Fanny Logan. He makes his debut here for a top yard and is preferred to Razzle Dazzle, who showed fairly useful form when second to Hafit (a stablemate of Tangled Words) over this course and distance three weeks ago.

ZAGOTA proved a big disappointment over this course and distance three weeks ago, but he is clearly better than that, as he showed when easily winning a novice event at Thirsk on his previous start. He remains relatively lightly raced and is well worth another chance to prove himself a well-handicapped horse from a BHA mark of 85, representing the John and Thady Gosden yard which continues in top form (10 winners in the last 14 days).


FABILIS wasn’t seen to best effect when finishing in mid-division in a red-hot handicap at Goodwood last month, just keeping on at the one pace after finding himself short of room at a crucial stage of the race. That was his first crack at a mile and a half and it’s far too soon to be writing him off given how he had been shaping over shorter trips earlier this season.

THERMAL produced a career best to resume winning ways at Epsom last time, staying on well to get the verdict by half a length. She has gone up just 1 lb for that success, so it goes without saying that she should be competitive again if arriving in the same sort of form.

CAIRN GORM has been a bit below his best on his last couple of starts, but the handicapper is starting to give him a chance as a result. Indeed, he is now 4 lb lower in the weights than when beaten just a length and a half into fifth in a big-field handicap over this course and distance at the July Festival. That race has thrown up plenty of winners and Cairn Gorm is fancied to have a big say here now back down in grade.

13:10 – Silk Romance
13:45 – Lamorna Cove
14:20 – Tangled Words
14:55 – Zagota
15:30 – Fabilis
16:00 – Thermal
16:30 – Cairn Gorm

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