ALEMAGNA (4.30) should relish the step up to 1m 5f in the fillies' handicap at Newbury.
David Simcock's four-year-old scored over 12 furlongs at Goodwood last summer and shaped well enough over an inadequate 1m 2f at Sandown a fortnight ago to suggest she will be in peak condition today.
At York, Godolphin’s Boccacio bids to extend his unbeaten career sequence to four in the William Hill King Charles II Stakes, a Listed contest over seven furlongs. Charlie Appleby’s colt only scrambled home in a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket 22 days ago and SYMBOLIZE (1.55) can go close at bigger odds.
Andrew Balding’s colt was having only his fourth outing when third to Molatham in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes and there should be more to come. Ventura Rebel and Royal Command are closely matched on their Commonwealth Cup form behind Golden Horde.
Any number of seasoned sprinters has solid claims in the 5f handicap but there is a nice prize to be won with ARECIBO (2.30). David O’Meara’s gelding was drawn on the wrong side at Ascot eight days ago and was noted making late headway into eighth behind Jawwaal. Arecibo, probably at his very best on a yielding surface, may be better served by one of the big autumn handicaps but there is a good chance he could pop up any time soon.
Another big field lines up for the mile handicap and STAR SHIELD (3.35) should give his backers a lively run for their money. David O’Meara’s five-year-old is ultra consistent and wasn’t disgraced at Hamilton 16 days ago when the deep ground wouldn’t have been in his favour.
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