Keep your eye on Long Lashes

LONG LASHES can cash in on a discernible drop in class when she is hurled back into the fray at Leicester.

The filly was snapped up by Godolphin following her debut win for Jessica Harrington last term and it looked a shrewd move as she subsequently triumphed in the Sweet Solera.

However, she could not quite cut the mustard when upped to thehighest level towards the end of her juvenile days and connections opted to drop her to Listed level for her belated reappearance this term.

The Rock Hard Ten filly was far from disgraced in fourth that day while she only went down by a short head to Seta in the same class a month later. Long Lashes struggled to get to grips with testing ground at Ascot when beaten out of sight on her most recent start and while conditions are on the easy side here, the WreakeFillies’ Conditions Stakes does not look quite as competitive.

Long Lashes certainly will not have it all her own way, but she should be good enough to resume winning ways.

Marked Card came good at the third time of asking and he can go in again in the Wymeswold Conditions Stakes. Peter Chapple-Hyam’s charge missed the break on his first two outings but Richard Mullen made sure he was smartly away last time and that decision paid dividends as he claimed a three-and-quarter-length verdict over Blue Deer.

That rival re-opposes again on level terms here and there is no reason to think he can reverse that form,particularly as Marked Card looked likely to progress again now the penny has dropped.

This is always an exciting time of year for maiden-watchers and Sir Michael Stoute unveils anotherchoicely-bred youngster in Sea Moon. The Beat Hollow colt counts Brian Boru among his half-siblings and with three other relations achieving black type, he deserves the utmost respect in the EBF Soar Maiden Stakes.

Swincombe Rock was an impressive winner at Perth last time, and cancontinue his development in the Huntingdon Novices’ Chase at the Cambridgeshire venue. The five-year-old won a novice handicap over hurdles on his final run for Robert and Sally Alner back in April and has since switched to Nigel Twiston-Davies’ team.

He made quite an impression under top weight in a handicap on his fencing bow, powering home by 14 lengths after barely putting a foot wrong and he is even more interesting switched back to novice company.

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