Through The Card: Haydock, Friday 17 July

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"...sets a pretty good standard here and this should prove a good opportunity for her to get off the mark."

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16:25 - ARIJ (7) returned to action with an excellent third in a Wolverhampton maiden last month, the application of a first-time hood, as well as being gelded, seemingly doing the trick as he travelled better than most. That form has since proven strong, and considering the way he kept on in the final furlong, this step up in trip should show him to even better effect.

16:55 - IMPERIAL FORCE (2) looked clued up on his debut, finishing second in a strong maiden at Newmarket, and he ran at least as well to finish third in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot last month. He will be suited by this return to six furlongs and sets a good standard.

17:25 - MINA VELOUR (9) was successful twice over this trip last season, latterly in a Carlisle handicap on her final appearance in August, a race in which she deserved extra credit for making her challenge down the centre of the track - the later races on the card all developing towards the stand side. She is still unexposed after just five outings and is likely still well handicapped, so she looks the one to side with returning for a yard, in Julie Camancho's, who have been doing really well with new recruits since the resumption.

17:55 - HARMONIOUS (2) showed plenty of greenness when hitting the frame in his first two outings but, granted an opening mark on the back of those efforts (as is now the protocol), he showed significant improvement to finish third on his handicap debut here early last month, form that has since been proven strong by the winner's subsequent fourth in the Ribblesdale. The way Harmonious kept up to his work over an extended 11f on that occasion suggests this step up in trip is a positive move, and with further progress surely in the pipeline, he is taken to open his account.

18:25 - TRUESHAN (6) was a rapid improver during the second half of last season, winning four of his five starts, including the Old Rowley Cup at Newmarket, and a conditions stakes at Newbury in which he lowered the colours of fellow progressive stayer Hamish. He was not disgraced when fourth in a listed race at Newmarket last month, running as though the outing will just put an edge on him, and with that now under his belt, he should prove difficult to beat.

18:55 - D'BAI (1) was a narrow winner of a Group 3 over this course and distance just over two years ago, as well as a Group 2 winner at Meydan in January 2019, and after demonstrating he retains plenty of ability in a pipe-opener at this venue last month, he then put up another creditable effort at Group 2 level in the Prix de la Porte Maillot at Longchamp last time, finding only his stable companion too good. This is obviously a step back in grade for Charlie Appleby's globetrotter, who should be able to take advantage and return to winning ways.

19:25 - LAWAHED (9) didn't make it onto the racecourse as a two-year-old, but she showed plenty to work with when runner-up on her debut early last month, and she found only one too good again at Newmarket last time, probably improving for the step up to a mile, just not by enough to trouble a useful rival however. She sets a pretty good standard here and this should prove a good opportunity for her to get off the mark.

19:55 - COLD FRONT (1) is unlucky to still be a maiden after three runs, not doing a great deal wrong on any of his outings, including when coming up a neck short against a promising Godolphin rival at Yarmouth last month, pulling clear of the remainder. He looks to have the ability to land a race like this, and considering he has achieved more in form terms than the rest of this field, he is very much the one to beat.

20:25 - STAR OF VALOUR (11) scored twice at Wolverhampton late last year and, having needed his return, was right back in form when third at Doncaster earlier this month, arguably making his effort slightly sooner than ideal. This is a competitive-looking handicap, but Lynn Siddall's charge is taken to continue in his good form and return to winning ways.

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