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6f 212yGood to Firm (Firm in places, Watered)
SHARP DEFENCE ran very well in two Irish maidens for this yard last year and is forgiven a sole start in Dubai given that he did not appear to handle the dirt. The three-year-old was then only beaten a nose by a 82-rated rival at Musselburgh earlier this month and he is clearly the one to beat on form. Eula Varner was last seen finishing third over C&D last September and she should be in the mix once again, while Jumira Prince is the pick of the remainder.
If SHARP DEFENCE is in the same form as he was at Musselburgh earlier in the month he shouldn't have much trouble making all up against some rivals that have plenty to find based on what they've achieved so far. That said, Jumira Prince and Primadonia are bred to be better than they've shown so far, so improvement isn't out of the question from them.