7.25 Kempton – PLY (nap)
The selection, trained by Roger Charlton, is a son of Dubawi who debuted in a 1m maiden here in April, slowly into stride and waited with in last place, still there but travelling better than most at the top of the straight, shaken up and making steady but sustained progress from the two furlong pole to take second close home behind Bowerman (beaten 3¾ lengths). He hasn’t built on that initial promise in a couple of 10f maidens on turf, perhaps not enjoying the track when fifth at Windsor three weeks later before finishing 13th of 18 to Dubai Thunder in a soft-ground 10f maiden at Newbury 19 days ago (beaten 21½ lengths). The testing conditions may not have been to his liking last time and it’s much too soon to forget the promise of that debut effort here, especially as the three immediately behind him that day have all been successful since in handicaps (third from a mark of 74 and the fourth and fifth from 71). An opening mark of 75 therefore looks reasonable, and his stable has enjoyed a purple patch with its 3yo handicappers, four of them scoring on debut in this sphere in the past fortnight; bred to be suited by this step up in trip and returned to Polytrack, it wouldn’t at all surprise to see this son of Dubawi strike here.