Learn By Heart managed to win at Doncaster under soft conditions and looked pretty smart in the process. After that, he ran at Newbury when finishing a close up fourth again with soft in the ground description, the latterly in listed company over 7 furlongs and the step up to the mile can bring his stamina into play here.
I reckon Blue Point is going to fly in under the radar at close to double-figure odds in here, and there could be some serious value in him.
He is yet to finish out of the first three in eight lifetime starts including four victories, this will be his first try under soft conditions and he looks tailor-made to appreciate the test. Harry Angel is the fastest horse in here but conditions are against the favourite, so it may be wise to look elsewhere.
Distant Past brings in a very solid piece of recent form up at Hamilton, he seems capable of good form under all conditions and were it to turn extremely soft it won’t affect his performance, he’s on a realistic handicap mark that he can certainly win off and he’s drawn with plenty of pace around him
After a maiden win at Doncaster , Benbatl has been pitched in against the best of his generation in five subsequent runs. I’d say he’s going to appreciate the drop in grade and his class can tell in this lineup, it’s a rare big ride for his excellent jockey and William Carson can get his career back on track after a slow mid season.
Midterm has been a bit of a cliff horse for me, and judging by the prices he has gone off at, he’s let down plenty of punters along the way as well. However, he got back on track last time at Epsom winning very smartly from a solid form horse, and we tend to forget that he’s only had nine lifetime races and he is another long-term project from the excellent Sir Michael Stoute stable.
Just because Mustarrid is zero from five on the turf it doesn’t make him a poor performer. A look back at his first three lifetimes start on the all-weather and he has a two from three record, so I’m taking the early decent price available. He is surely going to be punted back on an artificial surface and drawn down in stall number two he has a lot in his favour.
Remarkable ran well for this pilot, Kieran Shoemark, in the Royal Hunt cup at Ascot when only beaten in a blanket finish that was up over a mile. The return to 7 furlongs should not be a problem, we are not on weather watch for him either as he seems flexible as to underfoot conditions, and provided we get a bit of pace to run at from a high stall position, he will be able to rattle home late and I find it hard to knock him out of the money at an each way price.
Cape Coast was unlucky around Chester, as he was positioned out in the car park and under those conditions did well to finish a very close second. Slight worry is that he backs up only seven days after a pretty hard race, but that is often the case with a Mark Johnston runner. He’s nudged up 2lbs for that excellent effort last time but that shouldn’t be enough to stop him recording another victory.