WESTERN AUSTRALIA (3.00) can put down an early UK marker for Aidan O'Brien in the bet365 Feilden Stakes on the opening day of Newmarket's informative Craven fixture.
Western Australia proved he could handle fast ground by beating stablemate South Pacific (winner last week) on good to firm at Gowran Park and he reserved his best run for Doncaster when third to Magna Grecia in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes.
John Gosden's Kick On was back in sixth spot that day but may not have be at his best on the good to soft track.
Silvestre De Sousa and Andrew Balding have already hit it off big style in the early weeks of the turf season and SHINE SO BRIGHT (2.25) has sound prospects in the bet365 European Free Handicap, a Listed contest over seven furlongs.
Shine So Bright was sent off favourite for the Gimcrack Stakes at York in August but was slightly hampered when making his effort two out.
He was closing down Emaraaty Ana and Legends Of War, so this extra furlong should be just fine. Gosden saddles favourite Azano, second to Mohaather (winner last weekend) at Newbury in October, but Azano has yet to encounter ground this lively.
The Nell Gwyn Stakes for Group-class fillies is wide-open but Mark Johnston will be disappointed if MAIN EDITION (3.35) is not involved in the finish.
She started her juvenile campaign with a bang, bringing up a hat-trick of victories in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. Main Edition continued to perform consistently in high grade, including a third to Just Wonderful in the Group 3 Rockfel Stakes here in September.
Runner-up Dandhu won at Newbury last week.
Mot Juste beat Angel's Hideaway in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes but Roger Varian saddled a few disappointing horses last week which is a slight worry. Charlie Appleby pitches his easy dual all-weather winner Orchid Star in at the deep end and she could be anything.
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