The latter deserves plenty of plaudits for her shrewd handling of her stable star who recorded a career-best effort when a fine fourth to runaway winner Withhold in last autumn’s Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket. An easy winner last time, Dubawi Fifty should appreciate tackling this longer trip and looks hard to beat.
Of the rest, Stargazer runs for the first time in 563 days after being bought cheaply out of Sir Michael Stoute’s yard. It will be intriguing to see how he fares for Philip Kirby. A potential Group horse in the making at one point, he is starting afresh for new connections. Harry Fry’s American Gigolo is probably the main danger but needs to improve on his latest effort.
On the jumps, Fry’s five Cheltenham runners were all soundly beaten last week, and this has been a disappointing season for the West Country trainer who could do with applying some of the guile shown by Ireland’s Gordon Elliott when it comes to preparing horses for the Cheltenham Festival.
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