Unabated won last time out on his 1st handicap run, and last year he was very highly tried and ran with credit in the face of some tough questions. He’s one of two three-year-olds in this race and will be overlooked, but I’m saying let’s not underestimate him this time.
2:25 Chipchase Stakes
Kimberella won on his first two races for this handler in solid fashion, beaten the last twice in the Dash at Epsom and again over five furlongs at Musselburgh. The return to six furlongs and back on the all-weather will be perfect, another big pot awaits him.
High Command looked good when bolting up at Southwell last year, and we should forget his return run, as he clearly needed it badly but was still sent off favourite. He steps up in trip this time, and has always looked threatening to be a decent stayer in the making. Looks to be good value.
Jaameh showed a great attitude to hold on in a very tough finish at HQ, they went flat out and all the horses looked cooked 2 furlongs out but he would not give in. That says a lot about his attitude, and I hope they ride him the same as at Chester and give him a chance early on. They tend to go to fast in this race, year after year.
When it comes to Midterm, I’m going to forgive him for his poor run at Newbury as he didn’t face the visor at all. He’s been burning up the gallops, and let’s hope he’s not a morning glory. It is, however, his first run at home so to speak on the July course, so let’s take advantage because he should be 1/4 in here!!
Tajaanus had no idea what was required on debut, as she fell out of the stalls, and never really looked like she was getting involved until halfway when the penny dropped. Then she started to motor home! It was not a wide margin victory, but she comes with a massive ticket to improve and the champ, Jim Crowley, is riding her.
Home of the Brave will blast out of the stalls and try to make all in this one, and he looks the pacey contender. Following a smart win on his return at Leicester he will be primed, and let’s not forget his form last year was up there with the best, and this group three race is his for the taking.
5:20 Curragh – Irish Derby
Tell me, why won’t Wings of Eagles win?!?
You only have to look back to Epsom to see there was no fluke about it. The team are flying, Ryan Moore gets up and the only danger looks like Capri, and that’s provided the ground is soft on Saturday. I’m going for him.