TUKHOOM (6.00) ran a fine fourth to in-form Kaeso at Doncaster before losing out in a photo to Clive Cox’s Golden Force at Leicester. He has a big chance to visit the winner's enclosure at Musselburgh this evening as he is due to go up 4lb.
At the other end of the weights, Donnelly’s Rainbow is holding his form well and should be on the premises once again.
BATTLE OF WATERLOO (7.40) put his rivals to the sword at Chelmsford City and his 6lb penalty is virtually negated by the claim of his apprentice rider.
John Ryan's top weight is trading at a nice each-way price. Kermouster hosed up in a pretty weak handicap at Leicester on Wednesday evening but is clearly in good heart.
Woodside Wonder finished just in front of Bumbledom when they filled the places behind Beryl The Petal at Catterick.
At Goodwood, JUBILOSO (1.50) is trading at cramped odds but Sir Michael Stoute’s filly sets the bar high in the opener having finished third to Watch Me and Hermosa in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
She mopped up her first two starts in the manner of a smart filly and should be too good for each-way alternatives Angel’s Hideaway, third behind Space Traveller and Space Blues in the Jersey Stakes, and York scorer Royal Intervention.
Pretty Baby landed a gamble in this race last year but has a 3lb penalty, plus a very wide draw, to overcome.
We may not yet have seen the best of ART DU VAL (2.25) and he can step up to the plate. Charlie Appleby’s lightly-raced colt finished second to Duke Of Hazzard at Deauville last October and landed the odds at Saint-Cloud on his last outing.
Duke Of Hazzard wears blinkers for the first time and is clearly a threat along with Turgenev, now 10lb better off with his Britannia Stakes conqueror Biometric.
Turgenev is fitted with cheek-pieces following a slightly disappointing effort at Newmarket.
King Ottokar, third to Sangarius over 1m 2f at Royal Ascot, drops to a mile and would prefer it softer.
WHAT’S THE STORY (3.00) could cause something of an upset in a wide-open Unibet Golden Mile Handicap. Keith Dalgleish’s gelding has drawn an inside berth in stall two in a field of 20 runners and drying conditions are in his favour.
His third to Pivione and Setting Sail at York was an excellent effort and he won over this shorter distance on the Knavesmire when beating subsequent winner Firmament.
Market leaders Mojito and Escobar both carry 5lb penalties and arrive here at the top of their game with obvious chances.
Escobar was given a trademark confident Jamie Spencer ride when toying with Rise Hall (winner since) at York but luck in running may well determine the outcome.
Indeed is useful but probably needs the heavens to open as he is best with some give underfoot.
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