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POWER OVER ME won’t be getting in the Stewards’ Cup but he is a leading contender in the consolation race. He has already won five times on the all-weather since joining Robyn Brisland from Ireland and showed that he is equally effective on turf at Epsom last time out, finishing clear before getting disqualified for weighing in 2lb light. He would be racing off 7lb higher if that form could be taken into account.
NUITS ST GEORGES has a good chance of completing a hat-trick here. The six-year-old didn’t figure on his comeback at Ascot in May but he got back on track with a game win over this course and distance before a Salisbury victory, where he saw off Just In Time with a bit left in the tank. With no concerns about this track and an ability to go on any ground, it’s hard to find any reason why he won’t go well again.
It’s probably best to stick with the progressive three-year-olds in this and SAYYIDA is the most appealing option. She was too inexperienced to do herself justice twice as a juvenile but she emerged from a winter break with a 1m4f novice victory and took her form to another new high over course and distance last month, beating By Starlight with the rest well beaten.
It was disappointing that the quick ground ruled WONDERFUL TONIGHT out of the King George but she can gain some valuable compensation in this £300,000 Group 2. She has developed into a top-flight filly in the last 12 months and looked better than ever when beating Broome in the Hardwicke last time out. She won a French Group 1 over this trip last October and should be a cut above these rivals.
FRESH gets the vote in one of the most competitive handicaps of the season. The handicapper looked in charge at the end of last season but James Fanshawe’s gelding has taken his form to a new high since a tongue-tie was added, scoring at Ascot before finishing runner-up to Rohaan in the Wokingham. There is nothing with that rival’s class in opposition here.
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