MUJASSAM (9.05) always seems to peak around this time and is fancied to follow-up last year’s easy victory in the 6f handicap on Hamilton’s Saints & Sinners charity card.
He is lumbered with an 8lb penalty after winning at Ayr last Friday over a furlong further but is still 3lb lower than last year when bolting up by more than three lengths. The track was riding fast that evening and similar conditions look assured this evening.
Also a winner on last year’s card was Duke Of Yorkshire in the opening amateur riders’ handicap. He made all under the same jockey but will have competition for the lead from Corton Lad, possibly setting up the race for a closer such as CALLIOPE (6.05). Dianne Sayer could hardly have her string in better form and Calliope scored on good to firm at Catterick last July.
The fillies’ handicap over a mile is trappy but OUTSIDE INSIDE (8.05) is well worth an each-way dabble. She has form to turn around with Queen Penn on their Chester run 12 days ago but that came on deep ground. Outside Inside had run better on good to firm at Ayr last month when third to Universal Gleam and the assessor has dropped her 2lb.
Saeed Bin Suroor saddled an odds-on winner of the 1m 1f maiden last year and SENDEED (7.35) can make it an action replay following his running-on third at Haydock. Beverley runner-up Spirit Of Lund looks the only conceivable danger.
At Nottingham, INFUSE (3.10) is a solid favourite following her good second to Nonchalance at Haydock, with another John Gosden rival, Whimbrel, in third. Roger Charlton has declared cheek-pieces this time round.
Charlton has another runner of interest at Newmarket. MAKZEEM (4.25) is a dual course and distance winner and made an encouraging return to action at Goodwood. The handicapper has dropped him 2lb and he will go off an each-way price as Land Of Legends, making his handicap debut, has been put in short by the bookies.
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