Mark Johnston’s horses have been in decent form of late and the selection - who is on his seventh run for the Middleham handler since joining the yard in February - posted his best performance for a while over course and distance seven days ago. The four-year-old caught the eye with a decent finishing effort along the stands' side rail when a little short of room and the time suggested he may be running himself into form.
Afandem has done all his winning as a juvenile including landing a Chantilly six-furlong Group 3 in a quick time, was rated in the 100s and now looks very well treated off just 78. He can give the hat-trick seeking Logi plenty to think about.
The Hamilton finale can go the way of SOMEONE EXCITING (Hamilton, 9.00) who was undoubtedly flattered to finish quite so close to Only Spoofing over course and distance last week. However, the mare seemed to produce a sharper showing in the hands of Andrew Breslin and this is arguably a weaker affair.
A repeat on the clock would probably suffice.
Silvestre De Sousa gets off Dark Side Dream to ride Gay Kelleway's in-form gelding UBLA (Kempton, nb, 8.40) and the move could be a hint worth heeding. The selection didn't enjoy the best of passages from a very wide draw before finishing powerfully to take fourth behind Treacherous who re-opposes tonight.
Now drawn in a better position, he could well take a big hand in a competitive contest.
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