Tom Dascombe is confident Iconic Choice Can handle a step up in Excursion for the William Hill Doonside Cup.
The Sixties Icon filly yields from a break on Thursday, with disappointed last out time – but her kind would give her a major chance.
Beaten a short-head by Dandhu in the Fred Darling out the first time, she was subsequently less than three lengths in the 1000 Guineas before failing to justify favouritism in the equivalent.
“If she did come back to her Guineas kind, then she would have a gigantic opportunity,” explained Dascombe.
“She seems in excellent shape in your home. I am content with her and she is stepping up marginally in trip – some cut at the ground would assist her, but she goes with a live opportunity.
“She remained a mile nicely annually, so you’d believe the 10 furlongs now ought to be a huge benefit to her.”
Mick Appleby can also be anticipating Large Country to go near, after his return to something like his better form in Doncaster last week.
He finished fourth behind the impressive Fox Tal and the drying floor will probably likely be in his favour.
“He is in good order and conducted a whole lot better last week, revealing a lot more, and he will have come ,” said Appleby.
“The floor is coming in his favour today, and I believe he should have a good chance.
“Considering the characters, there is not much between a lot of these and on his best form I think he would have a terrific chance. I really don’t think he’ll be too far away.”
With a Group two penalty and Exhort carrying a one for winning a Listed race at 27, two run, Forest Ranger stuffed.
The one is Keith Dalgleish’s What Is The Story, winner of two big handicaps in York stepping for the very first time to Listed company and this year.
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