A few of these in the Weatherbys General Stud Book Handicap will be hoping to step out of handicap company at some point in the season. Three of the runners competed in the Stewards Cup last year and have very similar form, so my selection Mont Kiara appears to have been laid out for the race he ran in last year off a rating of 90. He wasn’t beaten by far on a reappearance run at Chelmsford and that will have put him spot on for this challenge. He comes in well handicapped and available on a lovely each-way price.
Snazzy Jazzy kept on improving last year racking up three victories. The first two of those wins were in small races, however his final victory impressively came in a massive 29 runner sales race run at the Curragh. He showed guts and determination on that occasion, that will stand him in good stead this afternoon. If he passes this test, he may well take his chance in the 2000 Guineas.
Undoubtedly, Aiden O’Brien’s Deauville is going to be very short price favourite here. However, all of his best form so far has been on top of the ground, so he will very much need drying conditions. For that reason, the Robin of Navan comes into play. He’s not ground dependent and if you look back at his French form-lines you will see top-class performers like Cloth of Stars and Ribchester on his resume. He’s going to give the red hot favourite plenty to think about in this one.
Threading was mightily impressive with winning her maiden at Goodwood and then following that up with a smooth success in the Lowther Stakes at York. Her winning run came to an end in the Group One Cheveley Park stakes, although she wasn’t massively disappointing or beaten that far in that. It was more a massive dent on her reputation and the high regard in which she was held. However, this return to action can put her firmly back on track.