Pondering appeared to win with plenty left up her sleeve at Lingfield and, with the quicker ground and step back up in trip here unlikely to be problematic, she is taken to strike again. Plato's Kode was also a decisive winner last time, but a bigger threat may be posed by Cubswin, who shaped well on handicap bow at Newmarket two starts back and should have a race in her off this sort of mark.
The least exposed of these and on a fair-looking opening mark, Bella Alissa makes most appeal having landed a maiden here in fairly decisive fashion last month. Evening Starlight wasn't beaten far when third over C&D off a 3 lb higher mark last season and a reproduction of that form would give her solid each-way claims. Coronation Cottage and Island Cloud should both be on the premises, too.
Compensation awaits Mr Pocket, who has encountered traffic problems and only narrowly failed on his last two starts. Paul Cole's charge dead-heated with the progressive Goodwood Crusader over C&D in April and again has his ideal conditions. Yalawin lost little caste in defeat when runner-up on handicap bow at Windsor and this unexposed colt is a much-respected main danger. Tomily also has claims.
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