Never Back Down has excellent early season form, finishing behind group performer Sound and Silence on debut.
Following on from that was an easy success at Leicester, then on his final try went to Redcar and was only beaten three Lengths by Darkanna. Who, let’s be honest, was bringing in top level form.
Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle and he should be easily good enough in the opener.
Verbal Dexterity could well be the stumbling block that stops the O’Brien juggernaut rolling on to its 26th group 1 victory.
His win in the National Stakes when beating Beckford very easily reads well, that was over 7 furlongs under very testing conditions and he looks tailor-made for the mile trip of the Racing Post trophy at Doncaster.
Spring Loaded bolted up here to start back and should of won at York last time.
His trainer, Paul Darcy, blames himself as his instructions were wrong. He was on the outside of the field and flew home with all the action taking place on the far side of the track. He is still well treated on his best AW form and at around 11/2 he looks a cracker.
Frontiersman, with his wonderful pedigree, was always going to attract a massive amount of interest from the racing public.
He has wandered around in the closing stages, but we now find out that he has limited vision in one of his eyes. Given that it has taken him a long time to gain in confidence and showed a willing attitude to win at Newmarket last outing, this group 3 company looks perfect as he progresses back up the ladder.
After winning his maiden at York , Dream Today was all the rage to be successful on his second try in the Champagne Stakes.
However, he bounced badly off that effort, given a month to strengthen he ran a cracker in group 3 company at Newmarket with the front two pulling clear of the field. He’s had a two week break coming into this, looks like he has enough amd he can account for Mythical Magic and Nebo.