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Junoesque could shine at the course she adores.

Byline: Race analysis by Graeme Rodway REPORTING BY CATHERINE MACRAE

MAHANAKHON POWER will be having his 11th run of the year if he lines up just two days after his runaway victory at Chelmsford on Saturday night, but he appears to be thriving on racing.

The four-year-old ran only five times when owned by King Power and trained by Andrew Balding last season, but his potential wasn't missed by new owners The Horse Watchers, who picked him up for 24,000gns at Tattersalls in October, and he is starting to repay that price tag.

Mahanakhon Power carries a 5lb penalty for his Chelmsford success, but Mick Appleby has a 19 per cent strike-rate with horses reappearing within seven days of a win in the last five seasons and that compares favourably to a record of just ten per cent with all winners next time out.

William Buick is an eyecatching booking. He has ridden only once for The Horse Watchers and that was on Escalating, who finished third in a York handicap more than five years ago.

Brighton is nothing if not a specialists' track and Junoesque loves it here. She has six wins, a second and a third from 11 runs at the course and two of those wins have come on her last two starts.

A three-time course-anddistance winner, Junoesque has gone up only 2lb for her latest victory here this month and is fairly treated off a mark of 58. She has won off 65 in the past.

Cafe Sydney is the only other course winner in the race and has a record of 1-4 at the track.

What they say John Gallagher, trainer of Junoesque She clearly loves the course, and the ground shouldn't be a problem for her. She's in good form and won well there last time so I'd expect a big run from her. I think she's probably better on quicker ground than slow ground even though she's a big mare and has a long stride on her.

Mick Appleby, trainer of Mahanakhon Power He won well on Saturday and I'm still not certain if we will run him again this quickly or not. But if he does run he's got a reasonable chance and the quick ground will be fine. George Baker, trainer of Azor Ahai He's in good shape and has come back from some time off well. Hopefully he can bounce back to the form that saw him win at Lingfield last year.

John Ryan, trainer of Catch My Breath He ran well last time at Newmarket back over a mile and a quarter and I would hope he can get back to his old form and run a nice race. I think he can handle Brighton, the course is going to be quite quick and that will be good for him. He has an each-way chance.

QUOTE TO NOTE Gary Moore, trainer of Platinum Prince I'm stepping him up in trip, which I hope will help. If we keep getting a nice shower of rain and the ground is nice he should have every chance.

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Author:Race analysis by Graeme Rodway REPORTING BY CATHERINE MACRAE
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2021
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