War Decree: Goodwood 14:35
Aidan O’Brien’s War Decree failed to meet market expectations when second on his most recent outing in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes at Newmarket, but that was still a significant improvement on his debut at Leopardstown last month.
He showed enough in defeat to suggest he is capable of opening his account in this company before too long.
The way he traveled through the majority of that contest identified him as a smart prospect and he’s 3 lb better off with Newmarket winner Boynton here. War Decree is expected to land this valuable prize on his way to better things.
Draco: Galway 17:45
Joseph O’Brien’s Draco shaped with promise when third on his chasing debut at Killarney 12 days ago, delivering his challenge as the field entered the straight and only weakening when the lack of a recent run began to tell in the closing stages.
He jumped well despite his inexperience and is entitled to improve with that first outing in 11 weeks under his belt.
That form already leaves his rivals with 5 lb to find on Timeform ratings. With a catalogue of useful efforts over hurdles in the book, Draco deserves another chance to reproduce that level over fences and should prove too strong for chasing debutant Briar Hill, who is likely to need the run after six months off the track.