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Affianced and Shines Her Light has been running well over sprint trips of late and could be a factor now upped in trip, but this could be between a pair of French imports. Over Attracted was a winner on the all-weather at Chantilly in January and is interesting, but AVENUE DE FRANCE could maintain her unbeaten record in this, after winning twice over this trip when with Didier Guillemin.
Uncle Chuck has been showing up well in the mornings and is of obvious interest on debut for Bob Baffert, but this could go to UNCLE ADDOUMA. Mickael McCarthy’s colt shaped as though this longer trip would suit when fourth at Oaklawn on debut and has been working well since then. Big Mel was not disgraced on debut and completes the shortlist.
GOING TO VEGAS bit off more than she could chew in a better race last time, but she may be better judged on her two emphatic wins prior to that. She is taken to get the better of Lovely Lilia, who has been running with credit on the main track, and fellow class dropper Savvy Gal.
CONQUEST COBRA looks poised to strike here. Vann Belvoir’s gelding has been running with credit in slightly more valuable contests of late and can land the spoils in this. Camino De Estrella looks the main danger after a pair of near-misses recently, while Incredible Luck is without a win in eight starts on the main track, but has been running well in better races on turf and synthetics.
If experience counts for anything then Unusually Handsome must be respected after a couple of decent efforts, but TROPICAL TERROR gets the vote. The three-year-old had Gambini and Foothill behind when second here last time, the fourth time he has filled that spot in his last five starts. This could be his time to shine.
ABUSIVE GARY hasn’t shown much in better races over this trip, but he bolted up over 6f here in January and could prove a touch too classy for these rivals. Go For A Ride has yet to hit top form this term but has claims on his best efforts of the autumn, while All I Can Say is another speedy type who could go well if he stays.
Great Return has been a model of consistency over a mile recently and had previously been even better over this sort of trip, but QUERELLE has been in flying form of late and a repeat of her recent track-and-trip success could be enough. Sold It had Mischiffie behind when third over this C&D in March and has been running well over further since.
KIRSCH TRUFFLE comes into this race on the back of en excellent second in a similar contest last time and she could go one better. The class-dropping Full Eclipse merits respect, while Daddys Real Diva could fare better than her rare poor effort latest.