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15:10 Carlisle

Reward Smile is the mount of the inform Clifford Lee. The gelding has some nice form from his first race, in which he finished third behind Bradsell, who went on to score at Royal Ascot and possibly would have contended for Group One honours had he not fell foul of bad luck. That form and the fact he’s by Havana Grey would have put him as a leading contender but he was slightly disappointing at Hamilton when failing to improve. He’d need to bounce back quite a bit today to land the spoils.

River Naver ran with credit on her debut at Newmarket but ultimately found herself well behind the runaway winner Bright Diamond. She kept on towards the end that day but she may well prefer further in time. William Haggas and Tom Marquand are in fine form, plus she shouldn’t fine any issues today. She stands a good chance if she progresses further.

Barefoot Angel represents the combination of Paul Hanagan and Richard Fahey. She was second on her debut and was well beaten by Karl Burke’s Swingalong, who has since won the Group Two Lowther Stakes at York. She will have learnt a lot from that day and the form is excellent. If she can overcome her greenness, then she has a very good chance at getting off the mark today.


A race with a nice history, with previous winners including Outbox and star stayer, Trueshan. Melek Alreeh was third on his debut at Redcar at large odds for David Simcock but got off the mark at Doncaster on his previous start. The form of his Redcar race is decent but he definitely benefited from going up in trip to a mile and four furlongs, which is a surprise given his American breeding lines. He might well improve again but he faces a stiffer test today, both in quality and quantity.

Allemande is a Kirsten Rausing homebred, being a half-sister to the Group One placed Albaflora. Hector Crouch retains the ride for Ralph Beckett’s filly, having partnered her to a third placed finished on her debut at Kempton. Her form behind Golden Lyra is pretty good and she’s open to improve as she gains more experience. That being said, she may just need a few more days at school before she can progress.

Jahoori was disappointing on his debut, when blowing the start and being green throughout. He improved a lot for his second race, finishing a length down on the big favourite but miles clear of the rest. He claimed the silver medal again on his last start, when upped in trip to today’s distance. He was well beaten that day but the winner, who he had to give weight to, was Haskoy who won a listed race at the Ebor Festival last week. That form is very good and Roger Varian won this race last year with Legend Of Dubai, who followed a similar pattern.

JAHOORI (WIN) written by Kieran McHugh


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