Ken Nicol: Beachmaster romped to victory by 11 lengths a month ago and despite a drop in trip, can be expected to complete a hat trick in the last race at Flamingo Park.
Beachmaster is a son of July winner Bold Silvano and over this 1400m less than two months ago. That race has panned out well, with five subsequent winners finishing behind him that day. In addition, both his recent victories have been in stronger company than the MR 62 field he meets here and despite him now carrying top weight, he remains a confident selection.
Battle-hardened campaigner Devious Tiger has been in great form of late and makes most appeal of the balance. Another potential danger is three-year-old Oratio, who scored an easy win on Monday last week, but has inconsistent form overall.
The same could be said of fellow Stephanie Miller-trained youngster Domitian. He has alternated good and poor efforts so far in a short career and if in the mood, he could be a threat from the best draw.
Flamingo Park would not be Flamingo Park without a surprise or two and a resurgent Il Palio could be the source of a minor upset in Race 5, a not particularly strong-looking Pinnacle Stakes over 1800m.
Now a seven-year-old, his merit rating has been dropping steadily and he signalled a return to form with a good second to Manouche a week ago. His last two wins were both over this trip, with the last coming a year ago. He should be thereabouts in an open contest.
Another who makes strong appeal is Tall Mo in Race 1. If bringing anything like his best Cape form to the sand, he will take a power of beating. At the time of writing no jockey had been declared as a dispute existed due to the double booking of Francois Herholdt on both Tall Mo and Bletchley.