FOURTEEN runners are declared for the 1m 4f maiden at Chepstow but there is plenty of dead wood making up the numbers. COMBINE (5.40), fourth at Wolverhampton last month off a 79 rating, has outstanding claims.
She was beaten less than three lengths at Dunstall Park and on her sole start for Hugo Palmer last autumn ran third to highly-rated Cabaletta. Probable favourite By Starlight has been given a solitary outing by Henry Candy but it was not without promise in a fillies’ novice stakes at Newmarket in June.
At Doncaster, the absence of ante-post favourite Alpinista has opened the door to PISTA (3.15). She must have been one of the biggest certainties to look through a bridle when bolting up by more than six lengths in a Galway maiden off a mark of 63 last month. Pista came out to land the Vinnie Roe Stakes at Leopardstown 11 days later and Joseph O'Brien has an uncanny knack of improving his stayers out of all recognition.
JUMAIRA BAY (3.45) is sure to prove popular in the Class 2 handicap over seven furlongs. The colt was pipped by Brunch at York and although Jumaira Bay made hard work of landing the odds at Chepstow, he was probably idling a bit in front. Eastern World had a rear view of Brunch last time and connections fit cheek-pieces. Haqeeqy looked useful when scoring at Yarmouth and Newmarket, and the colt returns from a 61-day break on the back of a dismal effort at headquarters when something was amiss.
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