2.35: Bill Watts sets a problem here by saddling two newcomers, Khamseh and Mudlark. But if the ground remains testing, Coolaba Princess and MAGICAL BLUES can make their experience tell. The last-named was an odds-on failure on Wolverhampton's all-weather track last time out, but can take this if recapturing the promise shown when a good third to Classic Cliche at Newmarket in August. Francis Lee's filly, not given a hard race when fourth to Galora at Haydock two weeks ago, looks the danger.
3.10: A tricky contest, with a trio of tough handicappers with proven soft-ground ability being taken on by a pair of progressive three-year-olds, Tortuga and SHEPPARD'S CROSS. The former is prominent in the betting for the Festival Handicap at Ascot a week on Saturday, but may struggle to concede a stone to Peter Walwyn's filly. She returned from a three-month break to be second at Salisbury two weeks ago to Neither Nor, who has been well backed for the Ayr Gold Cup.
3.40: This bunch of juveniles has already seen plenty of action, much of it on fast going. But Lago Di Varano proved he can handle this kind of surface successfully at Chepstow on Saturday and will be hard to overcome. DON'T WORRY ME should have too much speed for him, however. This filly ran the useful Wavian to a neck at York last time and before that chased up Lovely Millie and The Jotter on good ground at Newmarket.
4.10: This 22-runner sprint may well provide clues to any draw advantage for Saturday's Ayr Gold Cup. Among the low numbers, the mud-loving Antonia's Folly looks dangerous. But another filly, RISTON LADY from stall 15, looks best handicapped of all. She has slipped down the weights this season but her close-up eighth of 22 at Doncaster last Friday indicated an imminent return to form.Reuse content