A field of 13 go to post in this Class 6 handicap raced over 1m 2f. See our betting tips and the full race preview below.
IN SUMMARY: This is an open contest and a chance is taken on GREY DIAMOND. Mark Johnston’s runner is tried in first-time blinkers today and that could spark an upturn in his form and see him home in front off of what could be a lenient mark. Rock N Roll Global also deserves plenty of respect dropping into Class 6 company following a good run last time out over 1m 2f.
1 TAKE A TURN – Didn’t look suited by the step up in trip to 1m 4f last time out on softer than ideal ground. He will be far more at home in today’s conditions and he remains just 3lbs higher than his last winning mark which came at Ayr early last month. He has claims in this back down in trip to 1m 2f and he should go well for a yard that perform nicely here.
2 ROCK N ROLL GLOBAL – Drops into a Class 6 handicap for the first time today and he should hold a decent chance now back up in trip to 1m 2f. He finished third of 11 last time out, finishing two lengths behind a well handicapped sort and he races off a 6lb lower turf mark in this. He should go well off this weight and Jamie Spencer is a positive booking in the saddle.
3 GREY DIAMOND – Mark Johnston’s son of Shamardal is tried in first-time blinkers today following some less than impressive runs this season. He made his racecourse debut back in June and he hasn’t progressed in five starts to date. The switch back to faster ground looks positive and the yard are flying at present, so any market support would be significant. He could progress past these if the blinkers work on first application.
4 MISTRESS VIZ – Makes her first start for the Daniel Loughnane stable today following six runs for John Mackie. The last of those came at Nottingham when well held in a Class 5 handicap in similar conditions to today’s. There could be more to come from her in this, especially with a strong pace to aim at and a mark of 59 could let her in lightly. Of interest in this with Luke Morris booked.
5 CASADO – Produced his best run on the All Weather three starts ago in a Class 6 event. He’s a 1lb lower than that mark today but he’s shown a fraction of his best form on turf and the step back up in trip to 1m 2f is concerning after having proved much better suited to a mile. He’s best watched today in conditions that look far from certain to suit.
6 BEATISA – Ed Walker’s filly took a big step forward last time out to finish third of 14, beaten just 2 1/4 lengths in a Salisbury handicap. She’s stepped back up in trip today which should be fine and there’s evidently more to come from her off this mark in this grade. Harry Bentley is a positive booking and support would be significant following a quick turnaround, having raced just four days ago.
7 SOLENT MEADS – Has crashed down the weights since making his debut in handicaps at the very end of last year. He looks much better suited to the All Weather, having produced his best form over the winter and far more is needed on turf at this trip. A 3lb lower mark will help, nevertheless he has plenty to find with a couple of these off a mark of 58 on turf.
8 PERMANENT – 11 race maiden who is running out of chances in this grade. He ran a fine race in early June over a furlong shorter on Good to Firm ground when tried in first-time cheekpieces, however they’ve not carried the same effect since in similar conditions. He’s down 2lbs in the weights today but he needs to rekindle some of the form he showed here back in June.
9 VENETIAN PROPOSAL – Won in commanding fashion here over 1m 1f last month, going on to win by three lengths in a Class 6 event. She was raised 6lbs for that and she wasn’t beaten all that far last time out on Soft ground over C&D, proving herself to be well handicapped. She’s up another pound today and she should go well at a track she clearly loves. Stall 11 isn’t ideal though.
10 CALIFORNIA CLIFFS – Lightly raced sort who brings mixed form into this race. A daughter of Canford Cliffs, she should be relatively useful and she did well to finish second of 15 in a Class 6 Brighton handicap back in June on fast ground. She couldn’t back that up in a seller most recently and she arrives here with something to answer. She would be a real danger in this if she were to reproduce some of that Brighton form.
11 BOOK OF DUST – Makes her second start in handicap company today and she’s been generally disappointing in four starts to date. She finished last of 13 last time out off a 2lb higher mark and there’s unlikely to have been enough improvement to see her threaten the places today. Her breeding suggests that she’ll want shorter than this and others are preferred.
12 DESIDERO – Has been beaten no shorter than 11 lengths in four starts to date and, whilst she should do better in handicaps, she’s against it today. Pat Phelan’s filly is tried in first-time cheekpieces and, although she should improve on what she has shown, she looks a fair way behind many of her rivals in this. Best watched.
13 ROCKSETTE – Steps up in trip to 1m 2f for the first time today which should certainly suit based on breeding. She was only beaten 1 1/4 lengths last time out on Good to Soft ground and she may want some rain to arrive to be seen to best effect in this. A mark of 48 remains workable and market support would make her of interest.