Racing: Punters guide

Simon Holt of Channel 4 Racing analyses today's International Handicap
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Russian Revival: Second to Bold Edge in the Cork & Orrery (6f) at royal meeting and second to Diktat at Goodwood over this trip.

Sugarfoot: Course winner (1m) and several good efforts here besides - sixth to Showboat in the Hunt Cup. Trip sharp enough.

Showboat: Six-length winner of the Royal Hunt Cup but up 14lb since the Royal meeting.

Late Night Out: Winner at Haydock in May but struggling since.

Tajasur: Recent Newbury (6f) win boosted when second, Harmonic Way, won Stewards' Cup. May need patient ride at this trip.

Sunstreak: Triple winner in 1998 and solid efforts this term despite being hard to place. Better at 1m.

Jo Mell: Winner of this last year and, while apparently below his best this term, has been laid out for a repeat. Only 3lb higher now.

Cool Edge: Lightly raced this term. Vulnerable to improvers.

Ho Leng: Last year's Bunbury Cup winner who ran best race of season when second at Newmarket last time. Well handicapped.

Mubrik: Modest fifth on only start this year - but chances on fourth to White Heart over course and distance last September.

Peculiarity: Looked exposed at 1m last time. Drop to 7f may suit.

Grangeville: Impressive at Newmarket last time. Tougher here but goes well for Kieren Fallon.

Refuse To Lose: Effective front-runner here - won last time and 1998 Hunt Cup. Vulnerable at 7f.

Cubism: Good win at Haydock in May. Unproven beyond 6f.

Caballero: Win and two seconds in recent conditions events. Harder to assess in this handicap.

Cretan Gift: Returned to form winning here (6f) last time - but has never won over further.

Swallow Flight: Won at York (7f) in May but otherwise a near-misser and runs in snatches.

Ettrick: Good fourth over 1m at Newmarket last time and drop in distance could suit. Unexposed.

Indian Lodge: Two wins and two defeats in smart races this season. Just caught over 1m at Goodwood and this 7f could be ideal.

Therhea: Best on soft but third on good to firm last month.

Bartex: Successful over 1m at Longchamp (holding) in April.

Matin De Printemps: Winner at Saint-Cloud (1m, heavy) and second on firm at Longchamp (7f).

Young Josh: Third in the Wokingham (6f) and badly drawn here last time. Should stay 7f.

Nomore Mr Niceguy: Capable on turf and all-weather. Hard task.

Silca Blanka: No show behind Harmonic Way in Stewards' Cup.

Dilkusha: Twice a winner this term but this looks too tough.

Petrus: Improver who gets just a 3lb penalty for beating 15 rivals at Goodwood last week.

Conclusion: INDIAN LODGE looked the winner a furlong out over a mile last week and this improving horse can gain consolation now dropped in distance.

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