14:05- Echo of Lightning hasn't been with the excellent Brian Ellison for long but he made a promising start when finishing runner-up at Newcastle and it is likely that his trainer, who has developed a reputation of rejuvenating such types, will be able to coax out further improvement. A fully fledged rider replaces the 7 lb claimer who was on board last time and everything points towards a bold bid from Echo of Lightning.
14:35- Come on Lulu is the first foal of a modest 1 1/2m winner and was too green on debut at Newcastle, but, essentially, she doesn't look good enough here. The two debutants both make some appeal on paper, while Insaany is well related and his experience could come in useful, so, mindful of the fact a win is needed to progess, we will include Libran, Maid of The Glens and Insaany in the Placepot.
15:05- Karaka Jack has slipped to a tempting mark and shaped as if he was coming to the boil at Doncaster last time, so he is the first horse that we will turn to. Swehan, who is well drawn to attack from stall 2, is the other horse that we will include as he took a step forward when winning at Kempton in January, is open to further improvement at this trip and remains on a fair mark.
15:35- High Office is generally opposable for win purposes, without a victory since 2011, but he has returned in good heart this spring, posting two in-frame efforts, and should give a good account with this stiffer test of stamina possibly in his favour. He isn't quite banker material, though, so Pass Muster, who was progressive over hurdles and returns to the level on a handy mark, also makes the permutation.
16:05- Alex My Boy, a €75,000 colt by Dalakhani out of Oaks winner Alexandrova, is regally bred and he made a pleasing debut when second in a maiden at Leicester over an extended mile last year. He looks sure to relish the step up to middles distances and should go extremely close this afternoon.
16:35- Desert Colours has rattled up a four-timer on the AW and has to be respected, but he is likely to be carrying plenty of lines and has to prove as effective back on turf. It could instead be worth siding with the Irish raider Tiffany Bay as she has made the frame on all three starts in maidens and is of interest going handicapping now after a break. We will also include Imshivalla in the permutation as she progressed well last season and, while she may be vulnerable to less-exposed sorts, returns with conditions to suit and her yard in form.
15:05- 3, 5
15:35- 5, 6
16:35- 1, 2
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