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"...his scope for more improvement identifies him as one to take very seriously in his hat-trick bid..."

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Stylistique - 14:25 Newmarket

Stylistique remains a maiden after five career starts to date, but she proved better than ever when chasing home stablemate Daahyeh in the Rockfel Stakes over C&D last time, staying on strongly at the finish to be beaten just half a length. That form comfortably sets the standard now back down slightly in grade, and, with further improvement impossible to rule out, she looks sure take plenty of stopping in a race that her yard has dominated in recent years, winning the last two renewals with Mot Juste and Altyn Orda. Final Song and Wejdan could be the ones to give the selection most to do.

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Quadrilateral - 15:35 Newmarket

Quadrilateral certainly rates an exciting prospect following a pair of impressive wins at Newbury, but she could be one to oppose on value grounds here, with the bare form of those efforts giving her a bit to find with the likes of Cayenne Pepper and Love. That pair have both established themselves at a higher level - as has Boomer who makes plenty of each-way appeal at a price - and the worry is that Quadrilateral might find this stiff test coming just a bit too soon in her development, with her current price based more on hype and potential than anything else.

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Derevo - 16:10 Newmarket

20% - Sir Michael Stoute's strike rate with horses running over 10f+

A five-length winner of his penultimate outing at Pontefract, Derevo improved again to follow up from 8 lb higher at Newcastle last time, leading on the bridle over two furlongs out and never really looking in any danger of defeat, despite being closed down late on. That form just about gives him the edge on weight-adjusted ratings here, even with a further 5 lb rise taken into account, and his scope for more improvement identifies him as one to take very seriously in his hat-trick bid, representing the Sir Michael Stoute yard that excels with its stayers and heads into the final month of the season in excellent form (eight winners from last 31 runners).

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