Global Wonder absolutely fell out of the starting stalls last time on his handicap debut at Wolverhampton over the extended mile
From then on, he was given no opportunity to win the race and was still on the bridal as the leaders kicked for home in the short straight,
His pedigree suggests the step up to a mile and a quarter is perfect and he can get our Friday evening off to a flyer.
Caged Lightning has done very well since being switched to this yard, winning on a couple of occasions on the all-weather at Southwell.
He has only had the one try here at Chelmsford and on the whole it wasn’t a bad effort, stepping up in trip tonight on the flat looks ideal and on a realistic mark of 70 he looks poised to strike.
When it comes to Zulu, Ryan was fairly close up at big prices in a couple of turf maidens at Salisbury and Chepstow to suggest an opening mark of 64 is within reach.
Given his pedigree, in time he is definitely going to stay a good bit further however he should just be able to have the required speed in a weak finale like this at Chelmsford. Well-drawn and with one of the most underrated jockeys on top he might just go off at a decent price.
Highly Approved fell out of the gate last time and was last at half way, however, she improved to get within 3 1/2 lengths of the re-opposing likely favourite and winner Piper Bomb.
She is undoubtedly going to improve for this step up to the long sprint of 7 furlongs and with the featherweight eight stone four on her back there is only one rider we need on our side… step forward the “pocket rocket”.
Asian Wing has dropped to a very competitive mark and very nearly got the Euros for us the last time when running an excellent 2nd to Tropic Thunder over the extended mile and a quarter.
It’s always easy after the event, but if young Ben Coen could ride the race again surely he would sit and wait a little longer. Hopefully over tonight’s extra 2 furlongs he can be a little more patient and the Johnny Feane runner can get some Christmas money in the back burner.
The old boy Vastonea is probably being used as a bit of a school master at the moment to help the young jockeys along their way, however he is so well handicapped and was a massive eye-catcher last time behind invincible Riker – over an inadequate 7 furlongs that he has to be of interest in the finale.
Rated close to 100 in his pump he now sits perched on an attractive 71. The young rider is looking for a first victory under roles and let’s hope the old boy can fulfill his dream.
*All prices correct at time of posting