Unsinkable tip in Lincoln
Man On The Spot previews Saturday's terrestrial TV action from Kempton and Doncaster.
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Boom Or Bust is proving hard to win with and has now scored just the once since 2011. He has the beating of Custom Cut and Emell but finished behind Fencing at Ascot in May. The latter floundered in a couple of subsequent starts after that Listed success and needs to prove more robust this season. GUEST OF HONOUR is also a Listed winner but ran even better when third in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Goodwood in July. Marco Botti's charge has every chance at this level and gets the nod ahead of Graphic. The latter did nothing but improve in handicaps last year and is not easily overlooked as he returns to action but the remainder have a bit to find on today's terms, although a fillies’ allowance helps the cause of Butterfly McQueen.
TRUMPET MAJOR is clear at the weights and gave the impression this longer trip would suit when landing a Group 2 over a mile at Sandown on last year's reappearance. Dropped in class today, he can get the better of Modernstone, The latter gave the Winter Derby a miss for a crack at this and looks to have every chance on his second to Grandeur last time when Tinshu was well beaten. Energia Davos and Contributer are of similar ability, though the former has the more recent form with placed efforts in tough handicaps at Meydan. Squire Osbaldeston won a Class 4 handicap over track and trip last time but looks outmatched in this company.
Previous winners of this, Inxile and Jimmy Styles last won a race in 2012. But JACK DEXTER went on to win another twice after picking up last year's renewal including the Wentworth Stakes in soft ground back here in November. Jim Goldie's charge finished well ahead of both Dinkum Diamond and Mass Rally on that occasion and looks the one to beat again. Captain Ramius should provide more of a challenge now the rain has arrived given he finished runner-up last year, but Tropics is more of a threat after landing a Group 3 sprint at Ascot in October. Maureen competed over further last season but won the Princess Margaret over today's trip as a two-year-old and makes most appeal of the remainder.
Vital Evidence is likely to prove popular on his comeback having ended last season with a victory at Windsor. But he's been raised 11lb for that success and Rebellious Guest makes more appeal. The latter ran well in last week's Winter Derby and had earlier beaten URAMAZIN over 1m2f here. But Philip Hide's charge failed to get a clear run on that occasion and can take his revenge re-opposing on better terms. Shavansky managed to hold off Grendisar at Lingfield last time but it's likely to be a close run thing again here. Both, however, should confirm superiority with Presburg. Aryal is upped in class and stablemate Salutation wears his owner’s first colours on his reappearance having slipped down the weights last season.
Global Village was narrowly beaten in last year's Lincoln after a spin on the all-weather. He should be thereabouts along with Brae Hill, also placed in the 2013 Lincoln having won it the previous year. Boots And Spurs is 12lb higher than when beaten a head in this race last term but Dance And Dance has dropped in the weights and will take advantage before long. A 9lb rise brought an end to Tellovoi's winning run on the all-weather while winning sprinter Farlow attempts this longer trip for the first time. Dream Walker showed progressive form with four wins last season and Gworn has scope for further improvement. The latter would have been the selection if drawn high, but STAND MY GROUND may prove better value. David O'Meara's charge was rated 16lb higher when placed over track and trip last April and won in soft ground when trained in France.
HOOF IT blew the start at Lingfield last time but it seemed to suit as he was flying at the finish. Beaten less than a length by Tarooq, a return to winning ways looks imminent. Collateral form with the latter gives Lancelot Du Lac leading claims and Dean Ivory's charge won over track and trip in November. Forest Edge is good enough on his day but seems to have lost his edge of late and Trinityelitedotcom is proving more reliable. The latter should go well and Absolutely So is not without a chance for an in-form yard on his earlier third to Rivellino at Lingfield. Annunciation won the Shergar Cup Sprint at Ascot in August but is hard to catch right.
Last year's winner Levitate is 16lb higher this time round and 2011 winner Sweet Lightning returns from racing in Dubai. There's been strong support for Gabrial's Kaka, who went close in this grade at York when last seen at the track, while stablemate Hi There got his act together last term but a low draw is not ideal. The progressive Chookie Royale and the well-backed Tullius have no easy task at the top of the weights, though the latter has gone well fresh before. Off Art rattled up a treble early last year but hasn't raced since June. Norse Blues popped up at 50/1 in the Spring Mile here in 2012 but Tres Coronas and Bronze Angel could have been better drawn and the ground appears to have gone against Consign. UNSINKABLE was eased down in the closing stages of his recent comeback for a new yard. He acts in soft ground, has a favourable draw and the unexposed four-year-old looks to have been laid out for this by Jonjo O'Neill.