Naifah was only beaten a length when tried over this trip for the first time at Newbury when last seen out three weeks ago. This daughter of Kodiac was will likely appreciate the far better ground on offer this evening and with Rab Havlin once again in the saddle, the John Gosden trained filly can make the most of her experience and finally shed her maiden status.
See The Sea is less exposed than the selection and hails from a yard that certainly knows the time of day with its juveniles. Beaten less than a length over this course and distance on her debut last month, she is fully entitled to come on for that outing and looks the most obvious threat. Sean Levey takes the reins yet again and they ought to go well. Basmah was an unconsidered 100/1 shot in a maiden at Yarmouth a little over a fortnight ago. She ran well above what was expected that day to only be beaten around two lengths in the end. With natural progression expected, she may well feature in the final outcome this afternoon and may well make the frame.
Naifah is well worth another go on this less testing surface and if held onto for a little while longer, she should have no trouble obtaining a first career win. John Gosden continues to fire in winners all over the place and this may well be yet another.
Chookie Royale looked as though he was ready to run into a bit of form following a three month break at Newcastle last time. Sent off as an unconsidered 25/1 shot that day, he was far from disgraced in that Group three event. He now drops down massively in grade in order to see him try to return to winning ways and despite a hefty weight here, he has to be high on any shortlist. Philip Makin retains the ride and has won on him before. The evergreen eight year old is a dual corse and distance winner and that has to stand him in good stead this evening.
Hidden Treasures sneaks into this race at the foot of the handicap. This seven furlongs seems to bring out the best in her and if any rain were to fall, it would certainly be in her favour. As a three year old filly she receives at least a stone from all of her rivals and that may be enough to see her play a leading role. Jim Goldie likes to leave here with a winner and old Hawkeyethenoo won’t be coming just to take in the air. He is now a very well handicapped individual and if the splits appear at the right time it would be folly to dismiss his claims. Johnny Cavagin won a decent handicap over six furlongs at Pontefract last time but he also stays this far and provided the run doesn’t come too soon he too is entitled to plenty of respect.
Chookie Royale bids to maintain the excellent run of form of the Keith Dalgleish team. The yard have sent out around a dozen winners already this month and now that he faces his easiest opposition in quite some time, Chookie Royale is taken to enhance that further.
CHOOKIE ROYALE (E/W if 9/2+)
Sennockian Star bumped into two up and coming three year olds at Ascot just five days ago. Both Move Up and Gershwin were far less exposed and received weight from Mark Johnston’s six year old. Back against more exposed sorts he has to be considered especially given the fact that he is an eleven time winner. Franny Norton has been on board for three of those eleven wins and now that his handicap mark is in free fall, he has to command respect.
Freewheel went close to securing a third career success at Nottingham a couple of weeks ago. Denied by the narrowest of margins, he ought to go well again despite being raised a pound by the handicapper. A drop of rain would not hinder his chances and with Rob Fitzpatrick taking off five pounds he looks a worthy adversary. Salmon Susi’s only success came at this trip on the all weather at Lingfield. The step back up in trip should suit and having finished runner up on two of his last three starts , he is clearly on good terms with himself. Luca Cumani has had a woeful year by his usual high standards. Shakopee has only has five career starts but was readily found out on similar ground at Windsor last time and he is readily passed over here.
Sennockian Star ought to make the most of this drop in grade and it wouldn’t be the biggest of shocks to see him in the winner’s enclosure yet again. Mark Johnston wouldn’t risk him if he thought he wasn’t capable of winning this so soon after his last race. He is a versatile and battle hardened type and he can go close yet again.
SENNOCKIAN STAR (WIN)