PADDOCKS PATENT (MONDAY)
Divine Law was allowed to dictate the pace over this course and distance just a fortnight ago when partnered by Sean Levey. The duo will be hoping that a six pound penalty incurred as a result is not enough to hinder their chances of doing so again. The selection ran well off much higher marks than this on what was his debut season last year and Richard Hannon will be hoping that there is more to come from this son of Major Cadeaux.
No Delusion is likely to prove a very warm order for this race despite the fact that we have not seen her in almost three months. She has improved on each start for Charlie Appleby and seemed to relish thestep up to a mile at Kempton last time. The form of the race has been franked subsequently by stablemate Simple Elegance and she looks the biggest danger. British Art was only beaten four lengths on his seasonal reappearance and is expected to leave that run well behind. Jim Crowley keeps the ride and they are likely to seen in a much better light here. Who Dares Wins and Rock Lobster look plenty short enough for what they have produced on the track and they are passed over on this occasion.
Divine Law (WIN)
Chancery ran much better than the bare result suggests when he finished seventh of eighteen in a competitive handicap at York a couple of weeks ago. He took a wide berth the whole way around and forfeited many lengths as a consequence. This smaller field should suit him much better and the fact that he stays much further than this should stand him in good stead. David O’Meara has his string in excellent form and despite a career high mark he cannot be left out of calculations.
Master Of Finance and Silvery Moon also ran in that previous race at York. The former was only headed in the closing stages and stayed on to get second. He is likely to be sent of as a favourite here but Chancery is weighted to turn the tables. Adrian Nicholls is not in the same league as Silvestre De Sousa when it comes to jockey bookings, so the fact that he takes over in the saddle is also somewhat off-putting. This is about as far as Silvery Moon wants to go. He is back down to his last winning mark and could well make the frame if in the mood. Libran has won his last two races for Alan Swinbank and Ben Curtis. This is a big jump in grade for the duo but they may well be in the firm grip of the handicapper.
Yarrow ran better than the market suggested on what was her first race in almost seven months at Salisbury a few weeks ago. She bumped into the well regarded Fabricate on that occasion and he did wonders for the form when winning as he liked at Haydock on Saturday past. This slight drop in trip should be well within the capability of this daughter of Sea The Stars and she is likely to come into her own as the year progresses. Sir Michael Stoute looks to have turned a corner with his horses and Ryan Moore replaces Ted Durcan in the saddle.
John Gosden comes into this race double handed and Stubbins looked unfortunate to not lose her maiden status when bumping into The Tempest at Beverley. She is improving with each race and looks a very real danger here. Blue Chip is fully entitled to improve from her debut and maybe seen to better effect now that she makes this switch to turf. Rab Havlin would have had the choice of the pair so his decision is respected. Azyaan now has the assistance of Jamie Spencer in the saddle and is expected to improve from her first ever racecourse appearance. She has a bit of form to find with Stubbins but that is not completely impossible.
This looks to be a battle of the Newmarket based handlers but Sir Michael Stoute tends to get the best out of fillies as they get older. Yarrow is taken to fulfil the potential she showed last time and she can get off the mark here.