image-left-align  Sam Turner's Best Bets BlogJohn Gosden has made a habit of winning the Bahrain Trophy in the past decade with the likes of Masked Marvel, Shantaram, Feel Like Dancing and Mr Singh all successful.

By common consensus, FIRST ELEVEN (Newmarket, 1.50) was pretty unfortunate not to win a well-contested handicap at Royal Ascot when hampered at a crucial stage but he could gain compensation here.

That was the best speed figure the selection has produced in a career which appears on the upgrade and the long, unrelenting straight should suit a galloper like First Eleven.

There wasn’t a great deal to separate the Gosden-trained MUNTAHAA (Newmarket, 3.35) and Mirage Dancer in the Royal Ascot Listed event won by Monarchs Glen so it is perhaps surprising to see the market install the latter much shorter than the selection.

Neither enjoyed the clearest of passages, but Muntahaa looks sure to progress again for a return to 12 furlongs and he improved markedly on his Chester reappearance (tried to make all) last time.

It is perhaps significant connections have kept him in training and he looks an interesting contender.

LEO MINOR (Newmarket, 5.20) scorched up the July Course to win a handicap at HQ last time and, if he can produce the same level of closing sectional, then he could be tough to repel in the finale.


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