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There are a few promising, unexposed contenders in here, as you might expect for a three-year-old handicap at a major festival, but WINK OF AN EYE stands out. He is progressing rapidly and completed the hat-trick in good style at Sandown earlier in the month, winning with more in hand than the two-length margin would suggest.
Wink Of An Eye impressed with how quickly he settled matters, powering to the lead before gearing down, clocking a decent time despite not being asked for everything. All four horses who have run subsequently have hit the frame, further adding to the impression that it represents a decent piece of form. Wink Of An Eye should have no problem with the step up to a mile and a half (from a mile and a quarter) and he can defy a 7 lb rise in the weights.
HAVANA HERMANO has been running respectably of late at trips around two and a half miles, but he looks likely to appreciate this step up in distance to three miles. He also looks well treated based on the pick of his efforts as a chaser and this is a much more straightforward task than the last one he faced over fences, when he was in mid-division in the ultra-competitive Clarke Chase at Uttoxeter.
SEND IN THE CLOUDS posted his best effort yet on Timeform's figures when only narrowly denied over seven furlongs at this venue a couple of weeks ago and that is proving to be a really strong piece of form for this lowly grade. The winner, Russco, an unexposed three-year-old, has since followed up, while the seventh, Sfumato, has also won. The only other runner who has subsequently competed, Hachert, was beaten less than a length in second, so the signs are positive for Send In The Clouds off just a 2 lb higher mark. He is up in trip here, but there is plenty of stamina on the dam's side of the pedigree which suggests that the extended mile won't be a problem.
MERLIN'S BEARD boasts a decent pedigree - he is related to some useful winners - and he has shaped with enough promise in handicaps over course and distance to suggest he can defy a lowly mark of 50.
Merlin's Beard had been making a habit of breaking slowly but he got away on terms last time and was consequently ridden closer to the pace. That helped bring about an improved effort and he was only beaten a short-head and a nose in third. That appeals as solid form for grade and he is less exposed than the rivals he takes on here, so this looks a good opportunity to get off the mark.
CLARENDON HOUSE is a very speedy sprinter who is going the right way and he should prove difficult to peg back at Musselburgh. Clarendon House ran to a high level for a debutant when bolting up by four and three-quarter lengths at Yarmouth last month and he confirmed that positive impression when winning by nearly twice as far at Bath.
He hit his first bump in the road at Windsor, but the soft ground offered a legitimate excuse and he got back on track when runner-up at Newmarket and then impressed when scoring with plenty in hand back at Bath. Clarendon House showed plenty of zest and quickened clear when asked, winning in the style of a really promising sprinter. That early pace will stand him in good stead at Musselburgh and he can dominate against the favoured rail.
The application of blinkers has made a big difference to TYGER BAY and he has enjoyed a productive campaign since being fitted with headgear. He has won three of his seven starts in blinkers and finished runner-up on another three occasions, including the last twice. He was beaten only a head at Windsor earlier this month and looked a bit unlucky not to score having pressed on a fair way out in stamina-sapping conditions.
Tyger Bay moved like the best horse at the weights at Windsor and looked the likely winner when sent for home over two furlongs out, but he was worn down close home by another rival who had been going through a good spell. Tyger Bay has edged up another 2 lb in the weights but that's not a problem based on how he shaped at Windsor, and this consistent, in-form sort should give a good account with ace apprentice Laura Pearson taking over in the saddle.
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