EURO IMPLOSION (4.55) looks the wrong price at 100-30 with bet365 to land the finale at Ripon.
Keith Dalgleish’s gelding hacked up at Musselburgh eight days ago (soft), having twice posted good placed efforts at Ripon behind Just Hubert and Theatro respectively. That is the best form on offer.
With the track expected to ride testing at Newbury, SAFE VOYAGE (3.35) can bounce back to winning ways in the Unibet Hungerford Stakes.
John Quinn has had the mud-loving six-year-old in tip-top form this season and Safe Voyage’s bid for a four-timer was denied only by a resurgent Romanised at the Curragh. That form sets the bar high and the northern gelding is just preferred to last year’s winner Sir Dancealot.
David Elsworth has mapped out a similar preparation this season, once again using the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood as a winning springboard to this Group 2 prize.
Sir Dancealot defied a 3lb penalty last year when seeing off Dream Of Dreams but has nothing in hand of Hey Gaman on their Goodwood running.
MORANDO (2.25) takes quite a significant drop in class and is fancied to justify favouritism in the Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes.
Andrew Balding’s six-year-old thrashed a below-par Kew Gardens by eight lengths at Chester in May before being elevated in grade without further success.
Sextant, running in the Queen’s colours, has won three out of four for Sir Michael Stoute and adds lustre to the race along with talented Technician, a fine sixth to Nayef Road in the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood.
WILLIAM GEORGE (3.00) prove no match for Makzeem over course and distance last month but races off a 3lb lower mark in the Unibet Handicap over seven furlongs.
Ripp Orf is usually at his best in big-field handicaps and ran right up to his mark when fourth of 23 runners behind Raising Sand in the International Stakes at Ascot. He should go well, with three-year-old Breath Of Air also considered.
If Perth survives a morning inspection it promises to be a slog, but that shouldn’t prevent HOLY MOTIVATION (2.30) getting on the score-sheet for deadly duo Gordon Elliott and Richard Johnson.
The six-year-old returned from a 198-day absence to run Game Line close over course and distance at the end of July and the mare has run well on soft in Ireland. Todd is the one to beat.
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