HARRY GEORGE (2.50) is penalised 5lb for his comfortable Redcar victory over Fox Kasper and is fancied to confirm places with that re-opposing rival at Musselburgh.
Aegeus is having his fourth start in 25 days so will lack nothing in race fitness and his most recent close third at Leicester behind the gallant Destroyer was another solid effort. Elusive Heights was well-backed that day but was very reluctant, hanging under pressure. The hood is removed this time.
INNINGS (1.50) made a pleasing debut at Haydock last month and is poised to strike.
Richard Fahey’s colt, carrying the Cheveley Park Stud colours, finished fourth to Ralph Beckett’s previous winner Newbolt in that 7f Novice Stakes and Innings can take the measure of Mark Johnston’s Redcar runner-up Gold Zabeel. The winner of that modest event was rated 69, so Egrecio, the only four-year-old in the line-up, may emerge as the main threat based on an encouraging effort behind Johnston’s long odds-on Streak Lightning at Ripon.
IMPERIAL FOCUS (3.20) was becoming a serial loser before taking advantage of a pretty dire event at Redcar 13 days ago and the step up to 1m 4f is probably to his advantage. Lady Shanawell, a dual winner over hurdles for Ben Haslam, ran well in defeat at Pontefract and will have her supporters, despite an awkward wide draw.
NEARLY THERE (3.50) was a neck behind Lady Shanawell at Pontefract and this two-mile test will suit. Stormin Norman hasn’t run in 286 days but Micky Hammond can get one ready, so a market move would be significant. Beau Et Sublime hasn’t shown much over hurdles for Mike Smith since arriving from Tony Martin but the Ayrshire stable is in excellent nick just now.
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