image-left-align Sam TurnerHaving won the Starlight handicap for the last two seasons, CLEAR SPRING (Newbury, 2.35) is fancied to complete the hat-trick after an encouraging Newmarket comeback on ground which was arguably too quick.

The veteran speedster was far from disgraced at HQ considering he was entitled to need the outing and connections were always likely to have one eye on this race as an early season objective. His yard, which doesn’t house that many horses these days, struck with a sprint handicapper at Brighton earlier this week and their representative can cap a decent career with another prominent showing in this event.

Any further rain (some is forecast) would play to the strengths of CYMRO (York, 4.05) who made a tidy comeback at Pontefract over a trip short of his best.

The step up to 12 furlongs on a flat track with some juice in the ground could well see the selection regain the winning threat at the expense of the progressive Fidaawy.

WAR WHISPER (Newmarket, 2.45) caught the eye when I was at Ascot on Saturday, finishing off well in the finale despite being isolated on the far side. He is turned out quickly by connections and it looks a tip in itself that the Hannons have kept him in training off a modest mark as a four-year-old.

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