Timeform UK SmartPlays: Monday, May 15
One Big Surprise proved better than ever when successful on her most recent outing here, finding plenty to lead close home and adding to her fine record record at this track in doing so. She has a 4 lb hike in the weights to contend with here, but is entitled to improve with that first outing for six months under her belt and can follow up for the Richard Hughes yard. In Ken's Memory is interesting on her debut for Michael Appleby and can give the selection most to do.
Crowned Eagle showed much improved form to get off the mark on his most recent outing at Nottingham in November, travelling strongly on the front end throughout and quickly forging clear in the closing stages. That form leaves him 2 lb clear of the field on Timeform ratings and, with the possibility of more to come after just three starts, Crowned Eagle is expected to see off the attentions of Secret Advisor and can take advantage of what looks a lenient mark on handicap debut.
Sparkalot shaped encouragingly when fourth on his racecourse debut at Kempton and duly confirmed the promise of that initial outing with a decisive success back at the same venue last time. There are plenty of dangers in what looks a competitive little heat here, but Sparkalot remains open to more improvement after just two starts and is expected to justify his connections' high opinion of him (holds an entry in the Commonwealth Cup) with a defeat of the lightly-raced Gulliver.
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