WHAT A WELCOME improved a bundle on the all-weather with a pair of wins at Lingfield and proved that was no fluke when scooting in at Newbury on his turf comeback last time.
That was an apprentices’ handicap so he goes off the same mark over the same trip — and there should be similar results.
BLOWN BY WIND was impressive when winning at Ascot last time where he kept finding more despite running green in the closing stages.
He should take a step forward from that and warrants this hike up the grades.
WITHOUT PAROLE looks very difficult to beat after a couple of massively impressive wins so far in his career. He didn’t get out of first gear to stroll home at Newcastle in December and showed he’d trained on with a bloodless success at Yarmouth last time out.
He has some Group 1 entries later this season and John Gosden’s colt can take this on his way to even better things.
SHEIKHZAYEDROAD is getting on a bit now but looked in rude health when finishing second in a Meydan Group 2 over this trip last time out in late March.
He finished strongly there and might have won in a few more strides. He goes in the ground and is taking a drop down the grades.
POET’S WORD was last seen in Dubai where he finished an excellent second in the Group 1 Sheema Classic at Meydan.
That was over 1m4f but he’s equally happy over this distance as he showed when second in the Champion Stakes at Ascot last season. He should be too good for these Group 3 rivals.
FRANK BRIDGE has a sporting chance in a tough handicap. He likes it around here and is best over this trip, as he showed when a good second at Ripon last time out.
The handicapper has left him alone despite that solid performance and he will appreciate this better ground.
1.30 Li Kui
3.10 Cuban Heel
4.20 Bayshore Freeway
5.30 Pour La Victoire
1.50 Second Generation
3.00 Cupid’s Arrow
4.10 Bobby’s Charm
4.45 Giant’s Treasure
5.20 Kingstreet Lady
1.10 Cricklewood Green
2.15 Roy’s Dream
4.00 Rainbow Rebel
4.35 Ochos Rios
5.10 Reine Des Miracles
6.10 Pass The Cristal
7.15 Capla Jaipur
8.20 Tai Hang Dragon
8.50 Caledonian Gold