BARISTA was second in a decent handicap at Leicester on the last occasion he raced over this trip. If he can run up to that form, Mick Channon's gelding is probably the one to beat here as Could It Be Magic struggles to get his head in front and Novabridge is better over sprint distances. Mister Ben Vereen drops in grade but often takes a keen hold and may prefer an easier track, while Flying Phoenix was well beaten at Kempton on Wednesday evening. Control Chief has been tried over a variety of trips without success and also looks one to be wary of now.
Novabridge 4-1 (9-4) Led after 1f, ridden and joined from over 1f out, headed and no extra near finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Jahanara (9-7) at Folkestone 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Could It Be Magic 4-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden and hung right, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Noverre To Go (8-13) at Warwick 6f sell stks (5) gf in Aug.
Barista (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Chased leading trio, lost place over 4f out, rallied to 3rd over 2f out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Abidhabidubai (8-11) at Carlisle 1m 3yo clm (6) gd in Aug.
Control Chief 3-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced over 2f out, no impression after, 4th of 6, 9l behind Crew Cut (8-10) at Nottingham 5f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Aug.
Flying Phoenix 8-1 (9-3) Chased winner 2f, settled in 3rd, ridden inside final 3f, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 10l behind Sky Diamond (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Aug.
Mister Ben Vereen 8-1 (9-3) Raced in 4th off the pace, chased clear leading pair halfway until over 2f out, weakened inside final 2f, 9th of 11, 15l behind Russian Ice (9-4) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Adaero Star 100-1 (8-12) Always in last pair, well behind and struggling over 3f out, 10th of 12, 23l behind Lucky Legs (8-12) at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Aug.