No time to rest on his Glorious Goodwood laurels, Dave Nevison returns with three selections for the Racing TV action from Nottingham and Chelmsford City.
Charlie Hills could do with another Battaash arriving on the scene and though it likely won’t be Rewaayat, the trainer will certainly be hoping that this useful sprint handicapper can make up for a couple of expensive disappointments earlier this season in this contest.
Rewaayat was unlucky to come up against a revitalised Arecibo on his reappearance but that horse has been performing creditably at a much higher level since so that was no disgrace and he then blew himself out doing too much too early at Ascot last time. He looked a sprinter to follow at the end of last season and has shown he can handle an artificial surface previously. It is time for him to start showing what he has often looked he might be capable of.
The selection here is a lightly raced three-year-old, who could have much more upside in her than any of her rivals here, especially when judged on the second of her three runs. She was beaten less than two lengths when seventh at Goodwood and looked promising, only to disappoint next time but on very soft ground.
Clive Cox has his yard in fair form at present and this expensively-bought filly has got an attractive looking opening mark of 67 here. Most of her rivals aren’t in the best of form and look exposed, with only recent All-weather winner Far From A Ruby at her best and she has been raised 6lb for that latest success.
William Buick doesn’t ride in too many 0-55 handicaps so is clearly going all-out for the jockeys' championship, despite attempting to sound non-committal when interviewed.
Daniel Kubler has had two winners and three places from his last five runners and this filly ran her best race yet when fourth at Yarmouth last time out. The visor tried there is replaced by a set of blinkers this time and she has been dropped to her lowest ever mark, so must go close.
High-drawn runners, perhaps surprisingly, don’t seem to be disadvantaged on the round course at Nottingham so the 16 box is probably not a negative in this modest affair.
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