Dommersen is a low-mileage improving five-year-old from a top outfit, and Frankie Dettori will be hoping to get his weekend off to an absolute flyer. The selection ran behind Fabricate the other day on his return – that form is extremely strong with the winner going on to finish second to Crystal Ocean at Sandown. He’s a big improver.
Architecture didn’t take much racing last season, but a look at her three-year-old career when she was second in the English and Irish Oaks is the standout piece of form in the lineup. Hugo Palmer has his team in very good form and we can expect her to be fit on her return coming from a hot team.
On his seasonal debut, Alpha Delphini bumped into an improving young sprinter in Kyllang rock up at Musselburgh. I saw him paddockside that day and he is bound to strip much much fitter this afternoon. Given natural progression he is going to be hard to beat on his second try this term. Mabs Cross and Havana Grey will make the selection a decent price.
Squats looked in need of his return on the all-weather and is coming from a red hot stable. The long sprint of 7 furlongs and soft ground combination will prove absolutely ideal with the added bonus that he is also drawn close to the inside rail. These conditions mirror when he won over 7f at Newbury with the same pilot last year. He is a cracking each-way price.
There might just be an upset on the cards in this small field as there is no guaranteed front-runner and the favourite is likely to be very short odds on. For that reason Red Verdon, who put up a very smart performance two starts back, rates a big danger at 12/1. Thought good enough to run in the English and Irish Derbies, he’s not short on class – although on official ratings he has a little to find.
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The ground is drying out and that is in Masar‘s favour. He won by a long-looking nine lengths in the Craven and surely if he was trained by the Irish master Aidan O’Brien he would be a shade of odds-on. Instead, he’s 5/1, which rates a massive price in the opening classic of the season. For me Saxon Warrior wants further and Gustav Klimt needs to improve again, while Masar just has to reproduce that last run.