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15:00 Newbury

Much of this likely revolves around whether or not last year's winner, Tabdeed, retains the same level of ability as was the case last term. Lightly raced for a six year old but with half a dozen long absences to his name, one could only surmise that he is rather fragile.

King's Lynn looked rather unlucky twice at Royal Ascot and would probably be a worthy favourite on the back of those efforts. Highly progressive and with further improvement likely to come, he must be respected although he has had a few harder races than ideal for my liking.

Diligent Harry makes his turf debut for a yard in fine form and he has been most progressive on the artificial surfaces, this demands much more though you couldn't dismiss him out of hand.

Happy Romance finally showed something like her best when finishing third last time and is another to consider, however, Tabdeed stands out as the best horse in the race and though he has questions to answer regarding his soundness, he is taken to prove too good in what is a disappointing turnout for a Group race.


written by Chris Connolly


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