The form of War Hero’s recent second last week to a red-hot Halford runner should not be underestimated. He stays at least this far, so he can also be ridden pretty aggressively from close to the inside. He’s not had a massive amount of racing, so remains relatively unexposed and may well just get the golden opportunity of a “soft lead”.
Bien Chase was tried over a much farther distance not that long ago. But that has been the exception to the rule; he has been suited by the return down to shorter distances. He travelled extremely well last time, when second of 14 in a fiercely competitive handicap – back up a furlong this time will suit, and he is handicapped to strike.
Getgo looks just the type. His shrewd handler will get to put his head in front sooner rather than later. Only having his third start for this team we can expect them to squeeze a little improvement out of him, and taking the headgear off seems to have sweetened him up. Given the same improvement from race to race will see him go very close
Karijini looks a shrewd purchase now after going back-to-back on her two tries for Archie Watson. With the long-term aim being the Good Friday spectacular, this surely has to be well within her reach off this official rating. She possesses a tidy change of gear; let’s hope they ride her accordingly, perhaps by just getting a nice lead early on.
Honey Badger has seemed to be much more straightforward since settling in with this trainer. He has put together a couple of very respectable victories in gutsy fashion, and remains on a workable mark while being found a very weak contest indeed. He should return sharper after a seven week absence that blew away the cobwebs at Wolverhampton last time. He looks ready to roll.
The bar has not been set very high by those in the lineup that have already had a spin. John Gosden appears unworried by the form his fellow Newmarket trainer’s runner, New Orleans, has produced so far. Let’s take the hint that Gosden’s runner Casey Jones is going to collect the cash in the lucky last at Newcastle.