SCARLET DRAGON (2.30) will appreciate the return to 1m 4f in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury.
Alan King's gelding was beaten only a length when third in the race last year and he comes into this year's renewal boasting a Royal Ascot victory and a fine effort in the Ebor. Scarlet Dragon hit the front over two out at York but the 1m 6f distance took its toll as he faded out of the frame.
WOBWOBWOB (2.10) looks capable of defying a 6lb penalty in the nursery on a difficult punting card at Ayr.
My selection had clearly benefited from a gelding operation when reappearing at Thirsk four days ago. Well found in the betting, Wobwobwob was sent to the front over a furlong out by Cieren Fallon and his mount duly spread-eagled 18 toiling rivals.
Denzil’s Laughing, an easy Wolverhampton winner, runs in the same ownership, so the betting market should be informative. There was ease in the ground when Gumdrop scored for Richard Fahey at Chester and his colt ran a cracker at Doncaster last week, leading over a furlong out before being overhauled by Ataser. Stall one out on the wing could be a negative.
ELYSIAN FLAME (4.25) hasn’t been sighted since a poor performance over hurdles at Stratford 193 days ago but a repeat of his second to Hamish at York, or third to Ranch Hand and Trueshan at Haydock last season, both on soft, would make Elysian Flame hard to beat.
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