JUNGLE BOOK has made steady improvement in his last four runs, culminating with a 0.8L victory last time out over a mile, despite being friendless in the betting markets. He jumped awkwardly that day and found himself towards the back of the field, but he switched out for a clear run at the 250m mark to finish strongly to record his ninth career win. He gets gate five and a repeat of that last effort would see him return to the winner’s box.
SO WICKED is a 6yr old mare taking on the boys, but although recorded as finishing eighth last time out over this distance, she was just 3.4L behind the winner. She jumped awkwardly, but was then chased up to race with the leaders and had nothing to offer over the closing stages. She is drawn the widest of them all in gate ten, but if she gets away on terms today, she should give the males a good run for their money.
DEVIL DAN had his consistency rewarded with a 0.8L win last time out over ten furlongs. That victory was full of merit as he overraced in the early stages and then had to be checked off the heels of other runners at the 1600M mark. He jumps from gate seven and will have 2kgs taken off his back thanks to his claiming apprentice to aid his cause.
NYAMI’S last two outings have been over this distance, winning the latest by a short-head. He finished strongly that day to claim victory in the shadow of the post. He is drawn the widest in gate ten, but given his style of running, he is likely to be dropped out of it in the early stages and then start to pick off the frontrunners over the closing stages of the contest. As such, he is taken to be the best bet on the day’s card.
REINVEST has only had the four runs to date, winning over 1500M on debut and then following that up with victory over a mile. He was beaten into eighth place last time out over seven furlongs, 3.8L adrift of the winner when returning from a lengthy 53-week absence. It must however be noted that he did not get the clearest of passages in the straight that day and should have finished closer to the winner as a result. He jumps from gate eight and could emerge as the immediate danger to the top choice.
LISDOONVARNA is a 6yr old mare taking on males, but she has improved in her last two starts, the latest when second over seven furlongs, 0.8L back from the winner. She was bumped at the start that day but made good late progress over the latter stages. She is drawn one inside the latter and should be involved in the finish.
Today’s value bet, BROKEN ARROWS has finished closer to the winner in his last three outings, the latest when fourth over 1100M, just over a length and a half behind the winner, this despite being crowded shortly after the start. The form of that race has stood up well with two runners out of that contest subsequently winning. He then embarked on a 15-week break, returning here after finishing second in his only barrier trial. He should put his pole position to good use.
ACCELERATO followed up his penultimate run victory over five furlongs with a fifth spot finish next time out over 1100M, 2.3L behind the winner. He has pulled gate five and has his peak run here after returning from a 14-week break.
GIN ‘N’ BITTERS is a 5yr old mare taking on boys and has her first run since a longer 25-week break, but she has had the benefit of winning her only barrier trial. She also won her penultimate start over five furlongs and then ended up in fifth place next time out when stepping up to six furlongs, just over two and a half lengths back from the winner, but the form of that race has been franked. From her handy draw three, she should be included in all bets.
MOLLYCODDLE is a 3yr old filly taking on boys, but she missed out on her hat-trick when eleventh last time out over 1100M, just over six lengths adrift of the victor. She was however badly hampered down at the start that day and found herself at the tail end of the field, before winding up a good looking challenge over the latter stages of the race. She faces a wide-ish draw nine but will be looking to bounce back to winning ways today.
TAMERLANE won his last start over six furlongs by a length when returning from an 18-week break. The colt has a kinder draw five and should be right up there when they hit the line.
VITESSE is a 5yr old mare who overraced in the early and middle stages of her last outing over seven furlongs and understandably had nothing to come over the closing stages to end up 4.7L behind the winner. She will have to overcome draw ten, but if she settles in her race today, she should keep the top two selections honest.