In the opening race, White Wolf emerges as a strong selection. This lightly raced contender showcased promise with a first-place finish and a fourth-place finish in valuable 1m4f handicaps last season. With just five races under his belt he has the potential for improvement. Notably, he achieved success as a Dual AW novice winner at the age of 3 and demonstrated further improvement with a narrow denial in a Meydan handicap in January. Although not at his best in a 1½m Group 2 race in March, White Wolf returns to Britain as an unexposed sort. Equipped with cheekpieces for the first time.
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Dakota Gold, a four-time C&D winner, stands out in this event, having triumphed in the same race last year. Recently, he prepared himself well for a repeat performance with a third-place finish in a Pontefract handicap. Despite challenging conditions on a heavy track and could have a favourable high draw once again. Of those drawn low, Soldiers Minute, the 2019 victor of this event, is worth considering as well, despite below-par showings in Bahrain. With the potential for a bounce back and his yard in good form, he could pose a threat and is worth a saver.
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In a race where those heading the market have doubts Emaraaty Ana offers each way appeal. A Group 1 win over 6f in 2021 and consistent performances in the Nunthorpe proves time and time again she is a performer at this level. Having finished second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland last year if fully tuned up first time she will go close for the Kevin Ryan team.