KIEFER (4.10) will be well served by the long Newbury straight and is fancied to edge out main rival Prejudice.
Kiefer is a dour galloper and hit top gear just too late to reel in the William Haggas-trained Desert Icon in the Bibury Cup at Salisbury. The grey had more than two lengths in hand of Prejudice when scoring here in May over 1m 3f but is now 10lb worse off. He was strong at the finish that day so hopefully this won't develop into a stop-start tactical affair. Past Master is a keen sort and could well make the running, while first-time blinkers may also buzz-up Skymax.
LUCKY LOUIE (4.40) is well served by straight tracks and arrives here in top form after finding only Athollblair Boy too strong at Doncaster. They pulled five lengths clear of the third.
JUDICIAL (7.50) has had a wind operation since his last run and that may enable him to beat three rivals at Newmarket. He is well served by fast ground and small fields. Ornate has been in terrific form and looks the one to beat.
PERSIAN MOON (8.10) is a strong fancy to land the Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton this evening. Mark Johnston likes to target this Listed event and Persian Moon is clear top-rated. His backers need to forgive a lacklustre performance at Ascot last week when he didn’t beat a horse home but his previous Royal Ascot fourth to South Pacific is the best form on offer.
Richard Hannon has won two of the last three renewals and relies on Leroy Leroy, beaten in a photo by Al Muffrih in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar in May. He has been a bit disappointing lately and cheek-pieces are applied. Roger Varian sends Mackaar north and while he will need to improve on his second in a Newbury handicap to land this prize that is not impossible. Sameen made all to land a handicap at Ripon and should inject some pace into the race.
The Scottish Stewards’ Cup has attracted 15 runners and some firms are offering four places for ew purposes. SUMMERGHAND (7.40) is best sitting off a strong gallop and he ran right up his mark in the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot when fifth to impressive winner Cape Byron. David Nolan will need to tuck in from his widest draw in stall one. Laugh A Minute heads the weights on his handicap debut and should go well.
HOLMESWOOD (7.05) and Venturous are quite closely matched, with the former winning a narrow vote. He did very well at York last week on his first run back from a wind operation. Any rain would boost his chance.
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