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"A couple of below-par efforts this year can be ignored as this represents an easier task..."
Timeform on First Growth
Anne's Song showed improved form when second to Cartwheel at Aqueduct last time, a performance that is backed up by the timefigure. The main danger is likely to be Scripted, who has been placed on all three of her starts and who was claimed from the stable of Jeremiah Englehart last time to race for Gary Sciacca.
First Growth did well to run the very smart X Y Jet to half a length in the Grade 3 Mr Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream last December and needs only to reproduce that form to prevail against this opposition. A couple of below-par efforts this year can be ignored as this represents an easier task and his absence since February can be overlooked in the knowledge that he was successful after a similar absence last year.
William And Mary has a great record here, winning five of his six starts, including over this distance. Having found the drop back down to 4½ furlongs to be no problem on his latest outing, he's back to a more familiar trip this time. Valley of Gems would be a danger on his best form, but he was below form on his only outing so far this year, back in February.
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