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IN SUMMARY: Rainbow Orse will be popular here and rightly so given his exceptional record over this course and distance despite a career high mark. Ayresome Angel is interesting if able to build on her debut for this yard at Haydock last time, while Foxtrot Knight has returned to his last winning mark. SHOW PALACE relishes soft ground, third from this mark over course and distance last time out when the race didn’t really work out for him. There are plenty of front runners so he will get the strong pace he needs to pounce late and score again.
1 RAINBOW ORSE – 2/2 so far in 2017, both wins coming over this course and distance. He is a winner of four of his five career starts at Nottingham on ground ranging from good through to soft. His new mark is four pounds above any he has run from before so he is going to need another jolt of improvement, but given his exceptional track record, that is entirely possible.
2 FOXTROT KNIGHT – Handicapped to strike again, his last two wins both coming from this mark of 77. He has won on good to soft in the past so conditions shouldn’t be an excuse for all that ideally he likes it a little quicker. Only went down by a head in a better race than this at Ayr two starts ago from this mark. Needs things to drop right for him but is not without a chance.
3 MAJOR VALENTINE – A five time winner from his last seven starts, he has been steadily climbing the handicap in 2017. His latest win at Ffos Las sees him on a career high mark now, but he won that with enough in hand to think he can rate higher yet. The concern is the ground, yet to win on anything worse than good, connections will be hoping that the Midlands are bathed in sunshine to take the cut from the surface.
4 CASTERBRIDGE – Dropped to a winnable mark at Leicester earlier in the season, disappointing in three starts since. He very much got the run of the race that day out in front, from a mark two pounds lower than this. He was victorious from a pound higher on heavy ground over this course and distance in 2015 but is very unlikely to get a soft lead here with other front runners in opposition.
5 SHOW PALACE – Progressed well, he is a six time winner from just nineteen starts. Five of those six wins have come with the word soft in the going description so conditions look ideal for him. He is up to a career high mark now, having won at Carlisle last month. Third from this mark over course and distance last time, he didn’t get a clear run at a crucial time so better may yet be forthcoming in a race that may be set up perfectly with the front runners.
6 AYRESOME ANGEL – Just a maiden win to her credit so far, she has shown glimmers of form on a similar surface to this and has sunk in the weights since making her handicap debut. Ran better on her first run for this yard last time out when making the running, from a pound lower mark she needs respecting.
7 ROY’S LEGACY – Another front runner in here, he has done his winning in bunches in recent seasons. He has been a little disappointing on his last few starts but that has allowed him to slip to three pounds below his last winning mark. This is a slightly better race than he normally contests and after a hundred and twenty-two career races, he holds no secrets from the handicapper.
8 BITHYNIA – Fourteen race maiden, she went close over this course and distance in June. She set the pace that day, something that she is unlikely to have the luxury of now, especially pitched into a deeper race. She has no problem with soft ground but it’s hard to think that this will produce anymore than a fifteenth defeat.